This collection includes newspaper clippings,
programs, photographs, brochures, and documents from former Tuskegee Airman Mitchell
Higgenbotham. Most of these items are related to the military history of the
Tuskegee Airmen, events of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., and African American history. This
collection also contains some items pertaining to aviation history and
Higginbotham's personal life.
Mitchell Higginbotham was born on March 2, 1921 in Amherst, Virginia. He began active
duty in the United States military during the summer of 1942 and graduated at
Tuskegee Army Air Field on February 1, 1945 as a member of class TE-44-K. Upon
graduation he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and was an original member of the
famed 477th Bomber Group. He remained on active duty in the military until 1946 and
was a reserve from 1946 to 1962. After his military service ended, Higginbotham
served as a registrar at the Pittsburg Airport for the Los Angeles Airport Advisory
Committee, and was also a probation officer with the Los Angeles County Probation
Department for nearly three decades. In 1996, Mitchell Higginbotham was honored as
the "Man of the Year" by the Los Angeles Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
8.52 linear feet
(8 boxes, 2 flat file folders)
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