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Audley Coulthurst of Famed Tuskegee Airmen Dies in NYC at 92

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

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    Hans Pennink, AP
    In this June 16, 2016, file photo, Tuskegee Airmen (from left: Audley Coulthurst of Queens, N.Y., William Johnson of Glen Cove, N.Y., Wilfred R. DeFour of Harlem, N.Y. and Herbert C. Thorpe of Rome, N.Y.) are honored by members of the New York Assembly in Albany, N.Y.

    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. He served as a radio operator who flew with the Tuskegee Airmen B-25 bombers.

    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 accountant and served as controller of the National Urban League.

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

    An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information. Audley Coulthurst served as a radio operator who flew with Tuskegee Airmen B-25 bombers.