One of last Tuskegee Airmen dies

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - One of Indiana's last living members of a famed World War II group of black fighter pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen has died.

Family members said Walter Palmer died at his Indianapolis home Saturday of stomach cancer. He was 87.

Palmer flew on 158 missions over Italy and Germany during the war.

The all-black Tuskegee 99th Fighter Group was formed in 1941 and trained in Tuskegee, Ala., but faced racism in the segregated South.

Palmer was 21 when he became an airman in June 1943.

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