Tuskegee Airman dies at 98

CHICAGO (AP) — World War II African-American fighter pilot John Lyle, a Tuskegee Airman, is dead at age 98. Lyle’s wife, Eunice, says he died Saturday at his home on Chicago’s South Side. He had been battling prostate cancer. The members of the nation’s first black fighter squadron won acclaim for their aerial prowess and bravery, despite a military that imposed segregation on its African-American recruits while respecting the rights of German prisoners. Lyle was credited with downing a German Messerschmitt.