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PASSINGS: John R. Alison, Genaro 'Chicanito' Hernandez, Stephen E. Fleischman
PASSINGS: John R. Alison, Genaro 'Chicanito' Hernandez, Stephen E. Fleischman

John R. Alison Decorated WWII ace fighter pilot John R. Alison, 98, a World War II fighter pilot who helped lead a daring and unprecedented Allied air invasion of Burma, died of natural causes Monday at his home in Washington, D.C., his family said. Alison was a retired Air Force major general and a former Northrop Corp. executive. His wartime achievements included six aerial victories, qualifying him as an ace, according to the Air Force Assn., an independent organization in Arlington, Va., that promotes public understanding of aerospace power. Alison was chosen in 1943 by Army Air Forces commander Gen. Henry "Hap" Arnold for a top-secret mission that flew more than 9,000...

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