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Ex-Lockbourne Chief Is General

A former Lockbourne Air Force commander has been named the Air Force's first Negro general officer

Brig. Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr., 41, received word of his promotion while serving as director of operations and training for the Far East Air Forces.  Davis served at Lockbourne in 1947-49 as base commander and head of the 39th Composite Group.

Davis is the son of Brig. Gen. Benjamin O. Davis, who retired in 1948 as the only Negro general officer in the Army.  The younger Davis graduated from West Point in 1936 and flew 60 combat missions in Europe as a fighter pilot.  He was commander of the 332nd Fighter Group during World War II.

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