264. John McClure

John W. McClure (1919-1953)

1103 North Kennedy (Apperson Way)

John McClure was born in Princeton, Indiana in December 1919 and raised in Kokomo. In 1942, he entered pilot training class 42-G at Tuskegee, Alabama, the first African American pilot from Howard County trained by the U.S. Army. In September 1942, he was in an accident while training to fly a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft. He recovered and saw service in Africa and Italy. He married Daisy Davidson, who lived in Kokomo, in 1943, Both Daisy and her sister Winifred wed Tuskegee airmen from Kokomo. After his time in service, McClure returned to Kokomo to work with his mother at the Barnes Variety Store. While undergoing a minor operation on his hand stemming from his war-time accident, he died of a heart condition in 1953.

Air Force Magazine article about the Tuskegee Airmen