DENVER — 94-year-old Fitzroy ‘Buck’ Newsum got his second set of wings after being remembered at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Denver Monday.
He was one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, who got their wings after taking Eleanor Roosevelt for a ride in 1941.
The Black pilots and crewmen never lost a bomber they flew high cover for over Italy or Northern Africa, and Buck Newsum was right there in the thick of the battles.
Newsum was a B-25 pilot … his life captured in pictures and images by Emmy award winning aviation artist, Joe Jones, who graduated flight school in 1943.
After WWII, Buck also served in Korea. He lived the rest of his life in Denver, where he was voted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame, with more than 5,800 flying hours.
Buck had four children, Dani Newsum and several of her siblings still live in Denver. “My dad had so much determination!” said Newsum. “He instilled that same ‘grit’ in all of his kids and grandkids for that matter.”
He worked both in Kansas and Denver handling PR for Martin Marietta for a number of years. At his services, many talked about his love for flying and as he was laid to rest with honors at Ft. Logan National Cemetery. His services were complete with a military fly-over and 21 gun salute.