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In this undated file photo from around 1950 provided by the U.S. Navy, Ensign Jesse Brown, who died in December 1950 after his plane crashed in North Korea, sits in a cockpit of his plane. Two years after he made history by becoming the Navy's first black pilot Brown lay trapped in his downed fighter plane in subfreezing North Korea. A fellow fighter pilot, now 88, is heading to the spot where Brown died in December 1950. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, File)

Vet returns to N.Korea where 1st black Navy aviator died

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By JEAN H. LEE

Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Two years after he made history by becoming the Navy's first black pilot, Ensign Jesse Brown lay trapped in his downed fighter plane in subfreezing North Korea, his leg broken and bleeding. His wingman crash-landed to try to save him, and even burned his hands trying to put out the flames.

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Susan Lunneborg
Susan Lunneborg is news editor of the West Central Tribune. She joined the staff in Willmar in 1999 and has been a newspaper journalist for nearly 20 yearsShe can be reached directly at the email linked here, but for the most timely response, please send news releases to the Tribune's general news email: news@wctrib.com.
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