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By MAX JOHNSON

AFRO War Correspondent with U.S. Troops in Italy

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ADVANCED AIR BASE IN ITALY - (By Cable, Censored) - Colonel Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. received official notification of his promotion from the rank of lieutenant colonel on Monday, shortly after returning from a flight with the group of fighter pilots he now commands.

Accompanying the notification, dated June 1, was a congratulatory telegram from his wife, Mrs. Agatha Davis, 527 W. 157th Street, New York. "Damn," said the colonel, "my wife knew about this before I did."

(EDITOR'S NOTE-News of Lt. Col. Benjamin O. Davis's promotion to the rank of full colonel first reached his father, Brigadier Gen. B. O. Davis, last week through the AFRO.)

Asked how he planned to celebrate the promotion, he said by going on another important flight with his group.

Headed Pioneer Squadron

Colonel Davis, just 31, formerly commanded the 99th Fighter Squadron, which was activated in October, 1942, at Tuskegee as the first all-colored fighter squadron in

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