John Lyle 1944
|Birth name||John Lyle|
|Born||November 18, 1920|
|Died||January 5, 2019(aged 98)|
|Place of birth||Chicago, Illinois|
|Place of death||Chicago, Illinois|
|Service/branch||United States Army Air Force|
|Years of service||1944-1945|
|Unit||100th Fighter Squadron 332d Fighter Group|
|Spouse(s)||Eunice (4th wife)|
|Relations||3 step children|
Flight Officer John Lyle (1920-2019) from Bronx, New York, was World War II pilot and a member of the famed group of World War II-era African-Americans known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Dickson flew 26 combat missions during WWII. He had a lifelong love of sailing and in his life he owned seven boats. He was nicknamed Captain Jack for his love of sailing.
Lyle graduated from Englewood High School on chicago's Southside and in 1943 joined the military. He did not want to be a foot soldier so he pursued flying. After graduating from the Tuskegee Institute as a Flight Officer he was assigned to the European theatre. He flew 26 combat missions over Italy, Austria and Germany. Lyle, named his plane “Natalie” after his first wife. During the war he shot down a German Messerschmitt.
- Congressional Gold Medal 2007
Tuskegee Institute 1944
Lyle was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. He graduated from Englewood High School and in 1943 joined the military. He did not want to be a foot soldier so he pursued flying. Lyle married Eunice and was a stepfather to her 3 children. After the war, he became a police officer with the Chicago Park District and started a tree-trimming company. He had prostate cancer at the end of his life. His wife Eunice said that his dying wish was to sit and watch the waves of Lake Michigan at Jackson Park Harbor Yacht Club. Lyle was married four times and Eunice was his fourth wife.
- "Tuskegee Airman John ‘Jack’ Lyle dead at 98". Associated Press. https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-military/2019/01/08/tuskegee-airman-john-jack-lyle-dead-at-98/. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
- Bowean, Lolly (7 January 2019). "'Captain Jack' Lyle, South Side native and one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen dies at 98". Chicago Tribune. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-john-lyle-obit-20190107-story.html. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
- "John Lyle, 98, Tuskegee Airman". The Philadelphia Tribune. 7 January 2019. https://www.phillytrib.com/obituaries/john-lyle-tuskegee-airman/article_f7f7c0e3-d052-5748-a430-b49c6cd72a8c.html. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
- O'Donnell, Maureen (7 January 2019). "John ‘Jack’ Lyle, one of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, dies at 98". The Chicago Sun Times. https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/1/7/18322441/john-jack-lyle-one-of-the-legendary-tuskegee-airmen-dies-at-98. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
- Rice, Markus. "The Men and Their Airplanes: The Fighters." Tuskegee Airmen, 1 March 2000.
- "Tuskegee Airmen Pilot Listing". Tuskegee University. https://www.tuskegee.edu/support-tu/tuskegee-airmen/tuskegee-airmen-pilot-listing. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
- The red markings that distinguished the Tuskegee Airmen included red bands on the noses of P-51s as well as a red rudder; their P-51B and D Mustangs flew with similar color schemes, with red propeller spinners, yellow wing bands and all-red tail surfaces.
- Video of John Lyle
- Tuskegee Airmen at Tuskegee University
- Tuskegee Airmen Archives at the University of California, Riverside Libraries.
- Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
- Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)
- Tuskegee Airmen National Museum
- Fly (2009 play about the 332d Fighter Group)
- Executive Order 9981
- List of African American Medal of Honor recipients
- Military history of African Americans
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