The Tuskegee Airmen were a talented group of African-American military pilots who fought in World War II. Buford A. Johnson, who was a Tuskegee Airman and served in the Army Air Corps and U.S. Air Force as a mechanic and crew chief has passed away at the age of 89.

Buford Johnson of Highland passed away last Saturday, April 15th. The Press Enterprise reports that according to a family obituary, Johnson was a retired master sergeant that served in the Air Force and was in World War II and the Korean War.

From 1945 to 1966, Johnson served in Tuskegee Alabama with the well known 99th Fighter Squadron which was formed for African-American service members.

Reportedly Johnson liked to say, “They weren’t good. They weren’t very good. They were the best,” when he talked about the Tuskegee group.

Buford Johnson is survived by his wife Helen, and children Reginald, Kenneth and Kevin.

Johnson’s funeral services have been scheduled for Wednesday, April 26th at 11 a.m. at Tillman Riverside Mortuary located at 2874 10th Street, Riverside.


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