Navy's first black pilot: Wingman comes back to North Korea
Navy's first black pilot: Wingman comes back to North Korea, Jesse L. Brown, the Navy's first black pilot, was downed in North Korea over 62 years ago. His wingman, Lt. j.g. Thomas Hudner, age 88, promised to come back for him. According to the Associated Press on July 19, 2013, the retired Navy captain is planning a visit.
Hudner...heads to Pyongyang on Saturday with hopes of traveling in the coming week to the region known in North Korea as the Jangjin Reservoir, accompanied by soldiers from the Korean People's Army, to the spot where Brown died in December 1950."
The Navy's first black pilot was killed in action just two years after making history. Ensign Jesse Brown was trapped in his downed plane and left behind. Hudner promised to come back and he is doing just that. While he is not expecting to find anything new, some closure will have to suffice. The U.S. military to make sure that the enemy would never recover the young pilot’s body dropped napalm on the crash site the day after.
As the Navy's first black pilot, Brown was also the first naval officer to be killed in the Korean War. He was always interested in flying. After joining the Navy in 1946, he earned his wings by 1948. He flew 20 missions before his deadly crash. Hudner was awarded the Medal of Honor for trying to rescue him.