Lieutenant Colonel Herbert E. Carter

United States Air Force (Retired)

Herbert E. Carter, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force, retired is a veteran fighter pilot and was a member of the original cadre of the 99th Fighter Squadron (Tuskegee's Airmen). He flew combat missions during the North African, Sicilian, Italian and European campaigns of World War II. During an 18 months' combat tour, he flew 77 operational missions against the German and Italian Air Forces. His unit, the 99th Fighter Squadron and other squadrons of the 332nd Fighter Group compiled an outstanding record of performance in tactical air and ground support of Allied Armies, including destroying 17 German aircraft over Anzio Beach during the Allied Forces invasion of Northern Italy.

During his military career Col. Carter flew five different types of fighter aircraft, including the Mach II F-106 Fighter Interceptor. His assignments Includes: Fighter Pilot, European theater 1943-45, Group Maintenance Officer 332nd Fighter-Bomber Group, Lockbourne AFB Ohio 1945-48, Flight Test Maintenance Officer, Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio 1948-50, Professor Air Science and Commander, AFROTC Detachment 15, Tuskegee Institute 1950-55, Deputy Director Military Advisory Group to German Air Force 1955-59, Chief of Maintenance 27th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Loring AFB Maine 1963-65 and Professor, Aerospace Studies AFROTC Detachment 15 Tuskegee Institute 1965-69.

His military decoration include the Air Medal with four clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, European Theater Medal with five Bronze Stars, National Defense Medal and the Air Force Longevity Medal.

Lt. Col. Carter earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Tuskegee Institute 1955 and a Master Degree in Education In 1969.

After his Air Force retirement, Col Carter served at Tuskegee Institute as Associate Dean for Student Services, Associate Dean for Admission and Recruiting, Financial Aid Counselor, and is presently President of the Tuskegee Chapter of TAI.

LT Colonel Herbert E. Carter

One of the men who played a very important part in the success of black pilots during World War II, was Herbert E. Carter. He was born on September 27, 1919 in Amory, Mississippi. He attended the public schools of Mississippi and after graduating from high school, he enrolled at Tuskegee Institute, Alabama.

When World War II broke out and preparation for constructing an Air field at Tuskegee for training black youths by the Army Air Corps, he was thrilled. He made application, was accepted and was graduated a member of the fourth class 42-F that trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field.

Carter was sent overseas as the Engineering Officer of the original 99th Fighter Squadron. It was his responsibility to see that the planes were kept in tip top shape for combat duty. In addition to holding the position of Aircraft Maintenance Officer, he flew 77 combat missions.

Carter remained in service at the end of World War II. At Godman Field and Lockbourne he served as Group Maintenance Officer from 1945-1948. Meantime in 1945, he attended the North American Aircraft Maintenance School and in 1948 attended the Air Force Tactical School; Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida and the Aircraft Maintenance Officers School, Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois. In 1959, he attended the Command and Staff School and in 1960 he completed a Jet aircraft Qualification Course at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.

Carter continued a very busy career with the Air Force. From 1950-1955 he served as Professor of Air Science and Commander of the Air Force ROTC detachment at Tuskegee Institute, Alabama. From 1955-1959, he served as Deputy Director Military Advisory Group to German Air Force, a position in which he was a pilot instructor and technical training officer for the German pilot conversion program from T33 Jet aircraft to F and RF-84 Jet aircraft. From 1959-1963 he served as Chief of Maintenance, 328th Fighter Wing, Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri for T-33 and F-102 Fighter Interceptors and from 1963-1965 he served as Chief of Maintenance, 27 Fighter Interceptor, Loring AFB, Maine and Director of Air Defense Command's F-106 severe climatical operations project. He returned to Tuskegee Institute and from 1965 to 1969 he served as Professor of Aerospace Studies.

Carter retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel and was employed first by Tuskegee Institute as Associate Dean of Student Services and later as Associate Dean of Admissions and recruiting.


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