Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson (Ret.), 91, will discuss his experiences as a member of the "greatest generation" at a public lecture at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Las Positas College. He received his pilot's wings in July 1944 and was based in Ramitelli, Italy. While on his 18th combat mission on August 2, he was shot down over southern France. After being held in a prisoner-of-war camp in Poland he was freed by General George Patton's Third Army. He is best known as a member of the 332nd P-51 Red Tail Fighter Group, celebrated as the "Tuskegee Airmen," and as the author of "Red Tail Captured-Red Tail Free" - his personal World War II story. He will be speaking in the Main Stage auditorium of the College's Mertes Center for the Arts.
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