C. Alfred “Chief” Anderson

C Alfred Anderson

Born in Bryn Mawr, PA, C. Alfred Anderson (1907-1996) played a crucial role during World War II in training the nation’s first black military pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen.

When Anderson secured his pilot’s license in 1932, he was the only African American in the country qualified to serve as a flight instructor or to fly commercially. He then began breaking flight records and inspiring other blacks to become pilots. During World War II, Anderson served as the chief flight instructor of a flying school at Tuskegee Institute. To the Tuskegee Airmen who learned their piloting skills from Anderson, he was affectionately known as “Chief.” During the war, the Tuskegee Airmen flew thousands of sorties in the European theater, destroyed more than a hundred German aircraft, and received scores of Distinguished Flying Crosses.

The C. Alfred “Chief” Anderson stamp is available today as a First-Class Mail two-ounce stamp by clicking here.

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