Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 332nd Fighter Group
In his book, The Tuskegee Airmen: The Men Who Changed A Nation, Charles E. Francis wrote:
“One of the most unforgettable characters I have ever met was Lieutenant Spurgeon Ellington. If there was ever a proud man, it was Ellington. He was not only proud of being a pilot, but proud in general. To him, there was only one person – Ellington. He figured he could out-talk and out-smart anyone. Needless to say, he also pictured himself as God’s gift to women.”
Francis tells the story of how, after receiving his wings, Spurgeon flew home for a visit and buzzed Main Street in the Twin City, for which he was later court martialed and fined back at Tuskegee, then immediately forgiven.
“Perhaps it was Ellington’s showmanship and ego that largely accounted for his success in combat. He could not conceive of any German pilot capable of shooting him down.”
And none did, which earned him an Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters and the nation’s third highest valor medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross.
The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...
The United States entered World War II with a military that was segregated by race and remained segregated until 1948. War Department planners generally placed White and African-American Army personnel in separate units during World War II. ...
Established in February 1942 at Tuskegee Army Airfield, Alabama to train African-American flight cadets graduated from the Tuskegee Institute Army contract flying school. At Tuskegee, the squadron performed advanced combat flying training. As the...
|Born||Winston-Salem, NC, USA||17 October 1919|
|Graduated||Winston-Salem, NC, USA||1939|
Winstom Salem Teachers College
|Graduated Pilot Training/Commissioned||Tuskegee, AL, USA||28 May 1943|
|Died||Crystal Lake, Georgia 31783, USA||10 December 1945|
Spurgeon was assigned as an instructor at a training base in Georgia. Then one day he was riding in the back seat with one of his fellow pilots. The plane crashed. A simple pilot’s mistake accomplished what no German pilot could. Spurgeon’s body came home on a train and was buried at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Winston-Salem.
|Buried||Winston-Salem, NC, USA||15 December 1945|
Odd Fellows Cemetery
|03 December 2016 21:11:16||466thHistorian||Changes to service number|
|01 December 2016 17:43:18||466thHistorian||Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations|