Roscoe C. Brown, an integral part of United States history has passed away at the age of 94. Dr. Brown was a world renowned fighter pilot who flew in 68 long range combat operations during World War II. During the war he flew for the historic Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American Pilots in United States History. Dr. Brown broke the racial stereotypes with the Tuskegee Airmen and helped them become one of the most famous groups in World War II history. As an integral part of the United States efforts, Dr. Brown flew on the longest Air Force mission of World War II, when he flew from Italy to Berlin to face deadly german fighter jets. Thanks to his efforts the United States successfully took down the German Jets and returned safely to base. In an interview reminiscing about his efforts, Dr. Brown once said “fighter pilots are like athletes. And I was a pretty good pilot.” He was never shy to talking about the war as he was very proud of his efforts and all that he accomplished for his country.
Outside of his heroic war efforts, Dr. Brown was an avid marathon runner and educator. He returned home to finish his Ph.D after the war before teaching at CUNY and NYU and then serving as President of Bronx Community College for 17 years.
Unfortunately, Dr. Brown fell critically ill during these past winter months and was unable to recover. He leaves behind this message.
“My message to young people is to keep on working,” he continued. “You’ve got to be better, you’ve got to be disciplined, you’ve gotta believe. And if you believe you can overcome, you can overcome. That’s the story of the Tuskegee Airmen.”
The Tuskegee Airmen have been honored and represented in the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum in Detroit, Michigan.