Tuskegee Airmen meet bomber pilot they escorted

Tuskegee Airmen meet bomber pilot they escorted

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Associated Press

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 27 at 4:44 PM

BIG FLATS, N.Y. (AP) — A Memorial Day weekend gathering of some of the last surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen has reunited them with a World War II bomber pilot their unit escorted on a famous mission over Germany.

The Buffalo News reports (http://bit.ly/1olQpSd) that 95-year-old Bill Strapko of North Tonawanda, New York, was invited to Saturday's Return of the Red Tails celebration at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Big Flats, near Elmira.

Six former Tuskegee Airmen, America's first black military pilots, attended the event. Among them was 93-year-old Roscoe C. Brown Jr. of New York City, commander of the fighter squadron that escorted Strapko's formation of B-17's during a bombing mission to Berlin in March 1945.

When Strapko and Brown met Saturday, they shook hands and grabbed each other's shoulders.

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Information from: The Buffalo News, http://www.buffalonews.com

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