Lowell Steward, Tuskegee Airman who flew European missions in World War II, dies in California

Lowell Steward, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew nearly 200 missions over Europe during World War II, has died in California. He was 95.

His son Lowell Jr. says Steward died Wednesday at a hospital in Ventura of natural causes.

After graduating college in 1941, Steward joined the Army Air Corps and trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama.

He was shipped to Italy in 1944 with the 100th Fighter Squadron of the famed all-black unit. Steward completed escort and strafing missions and was ultimately awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

After being discharged in 1946 he went on to a long career in real estate.

Steward's wife of 60 years, Helen, died in 2004. He is survived by three children, 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.