This grave marker was discovered by US troops on Kiska Island (Aleutians) in a small graveyard in August 1943. The marker was made and placed by Japanese soldiers, after they had buried an American pilot who had crashed on the island. The marker reads: "Sleeping here, a brave air-hero who lost youth and happiness for his Mother land. July 25 - Nippon Army". A small gesture of humanity amid the Apocalypse. Graves Markers, Markers Reading, Japanese Army, Mothers Land, Brave Air Heroes, American Pilots, July 25, Lost Youth, Ally Troop
Crash landing of Grumman F6F Hellcat on flight deck of USS Enterprise while enroute to attack Makin Island during the “Battle of Makin.” Lt. Walter Chewning the catapult officer is clambering up the side of the plane to assist pilot Ens. Byron Johnson, from the flaming cockpit, November 1943.
1st black pilot with Continental Airlines who had to go through the Supreme Court to get the job. Marlon Dewitt Green (June 6, 1929 – July 6, 2009) was an African-American pilot whose landmark United States Supreme Court decision in 1963 helped dismantle racial discrimination in the American passenger airline industry, leading to David Harris hiring as the first African-American pilot for a major airline the following year.