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.”
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.