Col George Theodore Lee

Col George Theodore Lee

Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 5 Oct 1954 (aged 35)
Gerald, Franklin County, Missouri, USA
Burial Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot LOT # 1456
Memorial ID 19388926 · View Source
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Born in Norwood Massachusetts to Thomas M Lee and Mary Jean (Tierney), George Theodore Lee was the youngest (at the age of 25) to be promoted to full Colonel in the USAAF during WWII. By all accounts he was a "pilot's pilot", an "Ironman". He was friendly, yet he was as demanding on his men as he was on himself. He impressed his superiors and, before his death, one such superior suggested that he was on track to being promoted to the rank of Brigadier General.

He died during a routine jet training mission over Missouri. He was not the pilot during this flight.

Many articles were written on him before and after his death, some of which the author of this biography has in her posession. One of his nephews is in the progress of writing a screenplay about this "Hometown Hero".

On November 9, 2008, in his hometown of Norwood, Massachusetts, Jack Tolman released a documentary on George to a crowd that filled the Norwood High School Auditorium.

Thanks to the sales of the documentary and to a donation by his nephew, Alan Lee, the Nahatan Street Bridge was rededicated to George on October 4, 2009 with new signs. The old signs were previously too small to be read from the street. It was originally dedicated to George in 1988.

There is an extensive file on George at the Norwood Historical Society. It includes the film footage of his aircraft cameras.

Links to a few of the online newspaper articles/biographies about this person (for all other articles, contact Balthazar):

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  • Created by: Balthazar
  • Added: 15 May 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19388926
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Col George Theodore Lee (5 Aug 1919–5 Oct 1954), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19388926, citing Highland Cemetery, Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Balthazar (contributor 46909300) .