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Lost Tuskegee Airman

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Begins: July 9, 2019 2:30 pm
Ends: July 9, 2019 3:30 pm

Lt. James Polkinghorne Jr., a 22-year-old member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, was last seen flying into thick clouds during a combat mission over Italy in May 1944.

Decades later, his disappearance grabbed the attention of Dr. Leo Murphy, an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professor and retired naval aviator, who spent years piecing together the details of the young man’s life. The result was the book, “Lost in Heaven: The Story of 1st Lt. James R. Polkinghorne Jr., Usaaf, Early Black Aviation History and the Tuskegee Airmen.”

Dr. Murphy will discuss his findings during a free presentation at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the John H. Dickerson Heritage Library, 411 S. Keech St., Daytona Beach.

Registration is not required. For more information, call 386-239-6478.

The library is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.