African Americans Serving In World War II. Great Photos. December 2, 2014 November 2, 2014 / Leave a Comment / Women Soldiers, WWII / By Catfish African American Women in Signal Corps, World War II . African American Nurses Arrive In Britain, World War II . Penny Wallace Meredith • 2 years ago Willa Beatrice Brown, a peioneering aviator, was born on January 22, 1906 in Glasgow, KY. She was the first woman commissioned as a lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol and she was the first Black woman to earn a commercial pilot’s licence, obtaining her licence in 1937. Her efforts were responsible for Congress’ forming the renowned Tuskegee Airmen squadron, leading to the integration of the U.S. military service in 1948. .