100-Year-Old Tuskegee Airman Wilfred DeFour Found Dead In Harlem Home

Wilfred DeFour, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen — an all-black squadron of World War II pilots that inspired Americans across the country — died in his Harlem home Saturday. He was 100 writes our source.

DeFour’s home health aide found the centenarian in the bathroom of his Fifth Ave. home just before 9 a.m., cops said.

Last month, DeFour was honored as a post office on Macombs Place in Harlem was renamed the Tuskegee Airmen Post Office Building.

DeFour worked as a postal employee for more than 30 years after his military service.

“We didn‘t know we were making history at the time … We were just doing our job.”

“We didn‘t know we were making history at the time,” DeFour, an aircraft technician, said during the renaming ceremony. “We were just doing our job.”

DeFour painted the tails of the aircraft from which the squadron drew its Red Tails nickname.

An autopsy has been slated to determine how he died, although no criminality is expected, police said.

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