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Old 30th January 2010, 04:37
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Re: American Aces Died in 2010

ARCHER, Lee Andrew. 4. January 27, 2010. Manhatten, New York City, New York.

Rest in Peace.

Despite what is said in numerous articles, books, and now obituaries, Lee was not an ace. The problem stems from Charles Francis' book on the Tuskeegee Airmen (the first published, I believe) in which he listed five victories for him. The "extra" victory is on July 20, 1944, and is due to Francis' misreading of a very unofficial hand-written victory list for the 332nd FG. In actuallity, Lee did not fly on the 20th according to his Form 5 for July (list of missions flown, an official AF record, which is on microfilm at the Military Personnel Records Center in St Louis).

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