Graduate of West Point who commanded the first black air unit.  His distinguished Air Force career culminated in his appointment as the first black lieutenant general.

March 2006

Compiled by Staff
Bibliography Branch, Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
Maxwell AFB, AL


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Internet Resources

All Star Learning Laboratory:  Blacks in Aviation Pictures.  
Available online:  http://www.allstar.fiu.edu/prime-tech/BIA/default.htm
Several black & white photos.

Benjamin Davis, American.
Available online:  http://www.aviation-history.com/airmen/davis.htm
Aviation-history.com.  Biographical information with several black & white photos.

Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
Available online:  http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/cc/davis.html
From Air & Space Power Chronicles.

Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
Available online:  http://www.fatherryan.org/blackmilitary/davis_jr.htm
Brief biography with black & white photo.

Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr.
Available online:  http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/bodavisjr.htm
Arlington National Cemetery site provides a biography and images of awards and medals.

Branch, Omar.  A General Finally Gets his DueNew York Amsterdam News  December 31, 1998.
Available online:  http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=1435830&site=ehost-live
Reports on the military career of United Air Force Lieutenant General Benjamin Davis.  Accomplishments as an Afro-American military officer; Leadership of the Tuskegee Airmen; Involvement in combat; Key positions help by Davis; Civilian awards.

Cohen, William S.  Ceremony Awarding General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., a Fourth Star, as Prepared for Deleivery.  December 9, 1998.
Available online:  http://www.defenselink.mil/speeches/1998/c19981209-secdef.html

General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
Available online:  http://www.af.mil/bios/bio.asp?bioID=5173

USAF biography.

Legends of Airpower - Benjamin Davis and the Tuskegee Airmen.
Available online:  http://www.legendsofairpower.com/biographies/davis.html

Contains photos and video clips

Lieutenant General Benjamin O. Davis. Jr.
Available online:  http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=1070
Wright-Patterson AFB Museum gives biographical information and several black & white photos.

Photographs of Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
Available online:  http://images.google.com/images?q=Gen+Benjamin+O.+Davis+Jr&hl=en&btnG=Google+Search"


Davis, Benjamin O.  Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., American:  An Autobiography.  Washington, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991.  442p.
Book call no.:  92 D2614

Meilinger, Phillip S.  American Airpower Biography:  A Survey of the Field. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air University Press, 1995.  65 p.
See pp 51-53.
Also available online:  http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/cc/biograph.html
Book call no.:  358.400922 M513a


Dorsey, Michael.  President Clinton Pins Fourth Star on General Davis, Tuskegee AirmanAirman 43:14 February 1999.

Gen Benjamin O. Davis JrAir & Space Power Journal 17:16 Spring 2003.
Also available online:  http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=9486490&site=ehost-live

Gropman, Alan.  Gen Benjamin O. Davis Jr.:  American Hero.  Air & Space Power Journal 18:27-30 Autumn 2004.
Also available online:  http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=14886727&site=ehost-live

Gropman, Alan L.  Benjamin Davis, AmericanAir Force Magazine 80:70-74 August 1997.
Also available online:  http://www.afa.org/magazine/aug1997/0897benja.asp

Gropman, Alan L.  Benjamin O. Davis, Jr - American HeroAir Power History 46:4-16 Summer 1999.
Also available online:  http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=2012842&site=ehost-live

Honors for Tuskegee AirmanAir Force Times 55:2 August 8, 1994.
Reports on the induction of retired Lieutenant General Benjamin Davis, Jr., into the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

'Pioneer for Freedom' Gets Long-Ovedue Fourth StarAir Force Times 59:4 December 21, 1998.

Poole, Roy A.  Lieutenant General Benjamin O. Davis, JrFlying Safety 47:22-24, November 1991.

Rhodes, Phil.  In Defense of Dignity (the All-Black 99th Pursuit Squadron in WWII)Airman 35:28-29 December 1991.

Slavin, Peter.  Internal FiresAir Force Times 51:43+ May 20, 1991.

Tuskegee Airmen's Leader Dies.  Air Force Times 61:41 July 22, 2002.
Also available online:  Access News/Newsbank.


Davis, Benjamin O.  Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., American:  The Video.  Washington, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991.  1 videocassette, 60 min.
Video call no.:  92 D2614b

Legends of Air Power
.  Arlington, VA, 3 Roads Communications, Inc., 2000.  3 videocassettes, 344 min.
Video call no.:  629.13092 L5111

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