Weldon K. Groves, Sr. (USAF Ret) was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. After
attending the University of Kansas and earning a biology degree in 1940 from Sam
Houston College in Huntsville, Texas, he went on to Tuskegee Army Air Force Base
and graduated from Pilot training Class 43-F-SE on June 30, 1943 as a Second Lieutenant.
After graduation he went to the European Theater and flew 93 combat missions in
P-39s, P-47s and P-51 aircraft. While flying with the 302nd Fighter Squadron out
of Italy on July 18, 1944, 1st Lt. Groves shot down a ME-109. After the war ended,
he became a weather forcaster, commanded military weather detachments and retired
in May of 1964.