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Ahmed Ali Celikten

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Submitted by william ward (United States), Dec 28, 2014 at 09:59

I am seeking information about Ahmed Ali Celikten who I believe is the first black combat pilot during WW1. I understand that his grand mother was a slave brought to Istanbul from Nigeria. I don't know if his father or mother were slaves, however , his Ahmed was able to enter the Navy Academy prior to WW! and Become a combat pilot. Coukd this happen? Can you shed light on his career in the military and in the government after the Turkish Revolution. I understand that he died in New York in 1969.

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Sorry, not a topic I am familiar with.

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