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A pilot’s sacrifice helped defuse Cuban Missile Crisis

Shot down over Cuba, U-2 pilot Rudolf Anderson recalled as hero

WASHINGTON — Buddy Brown was supposed to fly a mission over Cuba that day. It was called off.

The flight of his friend and fellow U-2 pilot, Major Rudolf Anderson Jr., was not. So as Brown went golfing with other fliers, his eyes frequently scanned the skies.

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