2019-01-09 17:04:38 UTC
John “Jack” Lyle (2019), World War II Tuskegee Airman
By: Legacy Staff
1 day ago
John “Jack” Lyle (2019) was one of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, the country’s first African-American fighter group. The Airmen were among the most skilled pilots during World War II. Lyle, who named his plane “Natalie” in honor of his first wife, was credited with shooting down a German Messerschmitt. After the war, he became a Chicago police officer with the park district and operated a tree trimming company. His favorite hobby was sailing on Lake Michigan.
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Died: Saturday January 5, 2019.
Details of death: Died at the age of 98 at his home in Chicago from prostate cancer.