Lee Archer, 'Ace' Tuskegee Airman, Has Died : The Two-Way Lee A. Archer, a Tuskegee Airman who shot down five enemy planes in World War II, has died. He was 90.
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Lee Archer, 'Ace' Tuskegee Airman, Has Died

Lee A. Archer, a Tuskegee Airman who shot down five enemy planes in World War II, has died. He was 90.

As the Associated Press writes, he was "the only black ace pilot," a man who "broke racial barriers as an executive at a major U.S. company" and was founder of a venture capital firm.

Archer is among those who recorded interviews for the National Visionary Leadership Project. In them, he talks about growing up in Harlem, becoming a pilot, the racism he encountered and the struggle to get credit for the fifth "kill" that made him an "ace":

Archer passed away Wednesday at Cornell University Medical Center in Manhattan. According to the AP, a cause of death was not immediately determined.