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PHOTOCOPIED October 2, 2002, NASM PRESERVATION COPY [[newspaper clipping]] Los Angeles Examiner 4 Sec. 1, Part B Sun., June 5, 1955 Air Gen. Davis Named Task Force 13 Head [[image - black & white photograph of General Davis]] [[caption]] BRIG. GEN. BENJAMIN DAVIS New assignment. [[/caption]] --Associated Press wirephoto. TOKYO, June 4. -- (AP)-- Brig. Gen. Benjamin O. Davis, first Negro general in the United States Air Force, today was named vice commander of the 13th Air Force and commander of Air Task Force 13 on Formosa. The appointment was announced by Gen. Laurence S. Kuter, commander of Far East Air Forces in Tokyo, where Davis has been director of operations and training. The 13th Air Force this week had its responsibility expanded to include aerial defense of Formosa as well as the Philippines. It also was switched from control of Far East Air Forces to Pacific Air Force Headquarters, Hawaii. Davis, commander of the famed 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing for part of the Korean War, replaces Col. Wilson H. Banks, who recently left his Philippines headquarters for the United States.
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