Audley Coulthurst of Famed Tuskegee Airmen Dies in NYC at 92

Tuskegee Airmen, including Audley Coulthurst pictured left, are honored by the New York Assembly during a ceremony in the Assembly Chamber at the Capitol on June 16, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Tuskegee Airmen, including Audley Coulthurst pictured left, are honored by the New York Assembly during a ceremony in the Assembly Chamber at the Capitol on June 16, 2016, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

NEW YORK — 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.

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