Embry-Riddle professor to discuss lost Tuskegee airman

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.


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