From The Arizona Republic:

Retired Lt. Col. Luke J. Weathers Jr., a member of World War II’s famed Tuskegee Airmen and a humble combat hero, has died in Tucson at age 90. He will be buried with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the U.S. military’s first African-American pilots.

“People should know this is a great American icon that has passed from us,” said retired Air Force Col. Richard Toliver of Goodyear, a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War. “We’ve been blessed to have him among us.”

Weathers was credited with downing two German fighter planes that attacked Army Air Forces bombers he was escorting.

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