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Ind. hometown honors famed Tuskegee Airman

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A member of a famed World War II group of black fighter pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen has received a lasting tribute in his Indiana hometown.

Brazil, Ind., has erected a marble monument honoring Charles B. Hall, who grew up in the southwestern Indiana community and in 1943 became the first African-American to shoot down an enemy plane.

The monument outside City Hall includes a model of Hall’s plane and a plaque listing his military accomplishments.

Brazil also has a street named for Hall, who was a high school football star there and later moved to Oklahoma.

The Army Air Corps’ Tuskegee 99th Fighter Group was formed in 1941 and trained in Tuskegee, Ala.

Hall died in 1971.

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