Jefferson, Alexander

Item

Title

Jefferson, Alexander

Performer

Alexander Jefferson

Interviewer

William Vollano

Description

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia, and completing several courses of graduate work in Chemistry at Howard University, in Washington, D.C., Mr. Jefferson graduated from pilot training school at Tuskegee Army Airfield in January 1944. Piloting a P-51 fighter plane with the distinctive red tail of the Tuskegee Airmen, Mr. Jefferson was shot down by German forces in August of 1944. Jefferson was a POW at several German installations until his liberation in April of 1945. After his discharge from the Army Air Corps in 1947, Mr. Jefferson would work as science teacher and later assistant principal in the city of Detroit. Due to his service as a Tuskegee Airman and his involvement in the community, Mr. Jefferson was awarded a member of the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame.

Exact Date

Unknown

Date Span

Service Dates: 1942-1947; 1948-1979
Dates of Service

Subject

Enlisted; Commissioned; United States Army Air Force/Corps; United States Air Force; 301st Fighter Squadron, 322nd Fighter Group, 15th Air Force; 504th Recovery Squadron; Air Force Reserve; World War, 1939-1945; Cold War; European Theater; United States; Lieutenant Colonel; Prisoner of War; Veterans; Oral History

Publisher

Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Original Object Type

MiniDV Tape

Collection Location

018.VHP 2/30

Digital Object File Type

.mp4

Date Digital File Created

October 2021

Run Time

Unknown

Transcript Available

No

Digital File ID

Jefferson_Alexander

Rights

Please note that all VHP participants retain the copyright to their materials; therefore, researchers must obtain permission from the veteran (or their next of kin) before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Please contact VHP at (888) 371-5848 or vohp@loc.gov if you are interested in using VHP materials in exhibition or publication.

Spatial Coverage

Second World War - European Theater; United States

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