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Tuskegee Airman Roger 'Bill' Terry dies at 87

June 14, 2009 |  2:24 pm


Roger "Bill" Terry, the only member of the all-black group of World War II pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen convicted in what became known as the Freeman Field Mutiny, died of heart failure Thursday at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center. He was 87.

Terry, born in Los Angeles on Aug. 13, 1921, earned an athletic scholarship to UCLA, where he played basketball and roomed with Jackie Robinson.

Molly Hennessy-Fiske has more on Terry's life in today's paper: Roger 'Bill' Terry dies at 87; member of WWII Tuskegee Airmen

Earlier this year Hennessy-Fiske reported on the hopes of Terry and other Tuskegee airmen to travel to Washington to witness President Obama's inauguration.

--Megan Garvey

Photo: Roger "Bill" Terry, in 1995, holds a photo of himself taken when he was flying with the renowned Tuskegee Airmen. Credit: Clarence Williams / Los Angeles Times