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Maj. Gen. Clarence Tinker, an Oklahoma native and Tinker Air Force Base namesake, was killed in 1942 when he led a flight of LB-30s into a bomb strike against the Japanese. Gen. Tinker, who selected himself as flight leader for the combat mission instead of asking his subordinates to go, was the first general officer to die in action during World War II. (Air Force photo courtesy of Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center History Office)
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