Eugene Jacques Bullard (1895 - 1961) was the first African-American military pilot. At the start of the war in 1914, he enlisted in the French Foreign Legion where he was assigned to the 170th Infantry Regiment and awarded the Croix de Guerre, for his bravery during combat. In 1916 he talked his way into pilot training and flew more than 20 sorties in a Spad VII fighter biplane, with two unconfirmed kills. At the outbreak of WWII, he worked with French Resistance forces to spy on German troops who would patronize his bar.
June 14th, 2016
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