PIN UP GIRL— The Pin Up Girl was very popular during World War II and the most popular among Blacks of the time was actress/singer Lena Horne. Above the beautiful Horne was also the “Pin Up Girl” for the Tuskegee Airmen. Above Horne with some Tuskegee Airmen. She had Pittsburgh roots in that she married Pittsburgh Attorney Louis Jones. They lived in Schenley Heights and had two children. (Photos supplied by Regis Bobonis)

PIN UP GIRL— The Pin Up Girl was very popular during World War II and the most popular among Blacks of the time was actress/singer Lena Horne. Above the beautiful Horne was also the “Pin Up Girl” for the Tuskegee Airmen. Above Horne with some Tuskegee Airmen. She had Pittsburgh roots in that she married Pittsburgh Attorney Louis Jones. They lived in Schenley Heights and had two children. (Photos supplied by Regis Bobonis)

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.

LENA HORNE

LENA HORNE

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.

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