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  • This undated image released by the Booker family shows Tuskegee Airmen, William L. Booker, one of the first black military aviators, who died, Nov. 30, 2013, at a Kirkland, Wash., nursing home after a long battle with Parkinson's disease, the family said. He was 90. Booker is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dolores, two sons, two daughters and grandchildren. (AP Photo/Booker Family)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 11:18 pm

Tuskegee airman William Booker dead at 90

The Associated Press

One of the first black military aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen, William L. Booker, has died at the age of 90.

Booker's family says he died Nov. 30 at a Kirkland, Wash., nursing home after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

Booker served as a navigator and flight engineer on B-25 bombers with the 477th Bombardment Group based at Godman Field, Ky. He flew with all-black crews with pilots trained in Alabama at Tuskegee Institute.

After World War II he worked for Boeing for 34 years. He served 10 years as president of the local Tuskegee Airmen's chapter

Booker is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dolores, two sons, two daughters and grandchildren.

A memorial will be held Saturday at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Seattle.