Charles B. Hall

     

Charles B. Hall

On July 2, 1943, Charles B. Hall became the first black fighter pilot to down an enemy aircraft. Hall was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his valor in this World War II action. His squadron presented him with its own reward, a chilled bottle of Coke, a precious commodity in the Mediterranean theater.

Image Number: 99-15449
Credit: Smithsonian Institution
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