DULUTH, Minn. (AP) Minnesota's last surviving Tuskegee Airman, Joseph Philip Gomer, has died. He was 93. His daughter, Phyllis Douglass, of Claremont, California tells The Associated Press he died of cancer Thursday at a Duluth nursing home. During World War Two, Gomer was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, America's first black fighter pilots. He flew 68 combat missions in P-47s and P-51s, and survived a crash landing and having his plane shot up by a German fighter.
The success of the Tuskegee Airmen is credited with helping prompt the integration of the military.