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Lee, S/Sgt. James T.

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S/Sgt. James Timothy Lee 
Born: 29 August 1920 – Berkeley, Illinois 
Parents: Gregg & Mary Lee 
Siblings: 2 sisters, 3 brothers 
Home: 
– 5721 Bohlander Avenue – Berkley, Illinois 
Education: 
– Sunnyside Grade School 
– Proviso Township High School 
– Class of 1937 
– left high school after two years 
Occupation: apprentice painter – T. J. Peters Company
Selective Service Registration: 16 October 1940
Contact Person: Gregg G. Lee – father
Residence: 716 Monroe Avenue – River Forest, Illinois
Enlisted: 
– 23 December 1941 
– U.S. Army Air Corps 
Serial Number: 16036606 
Training: 
– Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri 
Unit: 522nd Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 27th Bombardment Group, 12th Army Air Force 
Overseas: June 1943 
Bombing Missions: 
– North Africa 
– Italy 
Stationed: 
– Salon, France 
– 30 August 1944 
Engagements: 
– flew almost 100 missions over France and Germany 
Died: 
– 11 September 1944 
– aircraft accident over France as a result of heavy fog 
– a total of 15 men died in the crash of the C-47 
– the unit was being relocated to Loyettes, France 
Note: In October 1946, Fifty-sixth Avenue, in Berkley, was renamed Lee Avenue in honor of S/Sgt. James T. Lee. 
– a memorial plaque was placed at a chapel in Leyrieu, France, with the names of those who died 
Buried: 
– 31 January 1949 – Camp Butler National Cemetery – Springfield, Illinois 
– Section: C Site: 528 

The top photo is his grave at Camp Butler while the bottom photo shows his name on the memorial in Leyrieu, France.

 

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