2 Tuskegee Airmen & Life Long Friends Die On The Same Day

  • Jan 12, 2015 7:52am GMT

Clarence E. Huntley Jr. and Joseph Shambrey died on Jan. 5 in their Los Angeles homes at the ages of 91. Life long friends they both enlisted in 1942 and served as mechanics on the Red Tail Mustangs. Clarence Huntley was responsible for squadron commander, Capt. Andrew D. Turner’s aircraft who referred to him as ‘Mother’ because of the dedicated care Huntley took in maintaining his aircraft. Joseph Shambrey continued to serve after WWII and became a National Guard combat engineer during the Korean War. Shambrey worked for the LA County Parks and Recreation department after leaving the service while Huntley became a skycap for more than 60 years at airports in Burbank and Los Angeles.

PHOTOS by Bruce Talamon of Clarence E. "Buddy" Huntley Jr. posing the CAF Squadron’s P-51C and by Tim Shambrey of his father Joseph.