George Lee enlisted as an Aviation Cadet at Boston in December 1941. Following completion of his pilot training he was commissioned in August 1942 as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Corps Reserve.
After receiving his commission he was immediately assigned to the 87th Fighter Squadron, 79th Fighter Group, stationed at Rentschler Field, Connecticut, with the duties of Squadron Operations Officer. In October 1942, he and the squadron travelled to Europe. From November 1943 to September 1945 he performed the duties of Squadron Commander of the 87th Fighter Squadron, Group Commander and Air Base Commander of the 86th Fighter Group. During his tour of duty in European Theatre he completed 258 combat missions, - a total of 420 combat hours - and was officially credited with the destruction of three enemy aircraft.
He returned to the United States in October 1945 and was released from active duty in September 1947. Recalled in December 1948, he served in the Berlin Airlift and returned to the United States in December 1951. Colonel Lee was killed in an aircraft accident in 1954 in Gerald, Missouri, when his plane crashed during a violent thunderstorm. At the time of his death he held the position of Inspector-General at the Central Air Defence Force at Grandview, Missouri.
His medals are currently in the collection of the Imperial War Museum
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