Heroism

Former member of famed Tuskegee Airmen dies in NYC at 92

Audley Coulthurst, left, with Turkegee Airmen William Johnson, Wilfred R. DeFour and Herbert C. Thorpe, in June.

Audley Coulthurst, left, with Turkegee Airmen William Johnson, Wilfred R. DeFour and Herbert C. Thorpe, in June.  (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

A former member of the pioneering black aviation group the Tuskegee Airmen has died. Audley Coulthurst was 92.

Audra Coulthurst says her father died Thursday at a Veterans Affairs facility in Brooklyn after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Coulthurst enlisted in the Army in 1942 and became one of the first black military pilots in the U.S.

Although Tuskegee Airmen faced discrimination in a segregated military, the fighter squadrons were among the most respected in World War II.

Audra Coulthurst says after the war her father became a certified public account and served as controller of the National Urban League.

He also is survived by his wife, Matilda Coulthurst, and a son, Jeffrey Coulthurst.