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Charles W. Dryden
Nickname "A-TRAIN"
Born (1920-09-16)September 16, 1920
Died June 24, 2008(2008-06-24) (aged 87)[1]
Place of birth New York City, New York
Place of death Atlanta, Georgia
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army Air Forces
United States Air Force
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame inductee
Spouse(s) Marymal Morgan Dryden
Relations Charles a.k.a. Thumper Dryden,Keith Dryden,Eric Dryden,George Bingham,Kenneth Bingham,Tony Bingham,Cornelia-Rose White,(Grandchildren)Cameron Dryden, Jeremy Bingham,Avoilan Bingham,Morgan Frances White,Jerry Dryden,Tyler Dryden,Isaiah Bingham

Ret. Lt. Col. Charles W. Dryden (September 16, 1920 – June 24, 2008) was one of the Tuskegee Airmen. Dryden earned his wings in 1942, and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. He is the author of an autobiography, A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman.[2]


Dryden was born in New York City in 1920 and passed away in 2008. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School. He was married to Marymal Morgan Dryden and is survived by his three sons Charles aka Thumper Dryden, Keith Dryden, Eric Dryden and her four children George Bingham, Kenneth Bingham, Tony Bingham and Cornelia-Rose White and seven grandchildren,Cameron Dryden,Jeremy Bingham,Avoilan Bingham, Morgan White,Jerry Dryden, Tyler Dryden, Isaiah Bingham who reside in Atlanta, Georgia.He earned degrees in political science from Hofstra University on Long Island and public law from Columbia University in New York City. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate by Hoftstra in 1996. In between, he taught air science at Howard University in Washington, D.C..[3]


  1. Rector, Gene (2008-06-24). "Famed Tuskegee Airman dies in Atlanta". Macon Newspapers. Retrieved 2008-06-26. [dead link][dead link]
  2. Dryden, Charles W. (August 2002). A-Train: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman. University of Alabama Press. p. 420. ISBN 978-0-8173-1266-4. 
  3. "Red Tail Project - America's Flying Tribute to the Tuskeegee Airmen". Commemorative Air Force. Archived from the original on 2007-12-08. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 

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