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Rutherford Remembers Native Son, Tuskegee Airman, Lt. Calvin Spann

Lt. Calvin Spann of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Lt. Calvin Spann of the Tuskegee Airmen. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rutherford native and former Tuskegee Airman Lt. Calvin Spann was honored on Sunday by his home city after passing away on Sept. 6 at the age of 90, according to northjersey.com.

Spann joined the famed all-black air squadron at the age of 17. He flew missions against the Nazi Luftwaffe. As a member of the 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, Spann was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for his role in shooting down three German Me-262 jet fighters and damaging several more, northjersey.com reported.

Following his military service, Spann returned to school and settled in Englewood before moving to Texas in 2006, where he lived out his remaining years, northjersey.com said.

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