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Marcel Pliat | Марсель Пля, 1916 by Olga

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www.blackpast.org/global-african-history/people-global-af…

Marcel Pliat
was one of several French nationals who served in the Russian Imperial
Army during World War I but he was the only black man to serve in the
Russian Imperial Air Force. Pliat was born in French Polynesia (now Tahiti) around 1890.