Pittsburgh is mourning the loss of one of the sewickley Seven: A group of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen from the area famous for their service as the first African American squadron of pilots during World War II.
Second Lieutenant Mitchell Higginbotham, died Feb. 14 of natural causes, he was 94.
Mitchell Higginbotham was born on March 2, 1921 in Amherst, Va., to Plinkam L. Higginbotham and Hester Higginbotham. He has a younger brother, Robert, who also became a member of the U.S. military.
Mitchell Higginbotham joined the U.S. military in the summer 1942. He subsequently was accepted into the Tuskegee Army Airfield Class TE-44-K from which he graduated on Feb. 1, 1945, with a commission as a Second Lieutenant. Higginbotham became one of the original members of the Tuskegee Airmen when he was assigned to the 477th Bombardment Group. He served on active duty through the end of World War II; in 1946, he left active duty but continued as a member of the U.S. Army Air Force Reserves. He initially flew fighter aircraft but eventually moved up to flying B-52s.