National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Robert Diez: American\African American
Born Multnomah, Oregon
Robert Diez was one of the renowned Tuskegee Airmen, the first group of African American fighter pilots to serve in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II. He served with distinction in the war, shooting down two enemy planes in Italy.
Betsy Graves Reyneau was in Tuskegee, Alabama, to paint George Washington Carver and to create an image for a poster. Diez had studied art and asked Reyneau if he could watch her work. After she consulted with his commanding officer, Reyneau chose Diez as the subject for the poster, representing all of the Tuskegee Airmen.