Honoring the Tuskegee Airmen
During World War II, some of the Tuskegee Airmen—the first African-American fighter pilots for the U.S. Army Air Corps—trained over the Great Lakes. Six Tuskegee Airmen and their aircraft were lost in the lakes.
Recently, archaeologists have been working to find these aircraft so their pilots can be honored and the sites can be protected for future generations. One of the lost Tuskegee Airmen, Lt. Frank Moody, was killed when his Bell P-39Q Airacobra crashed in Lake Huron in 1944. The aircraft was discovered in 30 feet of water in Lake Huron and documented by state maritime archaeologist Wayne Lusardi and partners from Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.