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Chan Kewl Ying 陳 橋 英

ilot Officer WILLIE LEE 416123, Royal New Zealand Air Force. He was born in 1914 the fifth son of Chan Ming Fun, aka Ching Shing Lee, of Hargee Village.

Surname: Lee Forenames: Willie

Rank Last Held: Pilot Officer  Serial No.: 16123 War: World War II, 1939-1945

Date of Death: 14 November 1942 Place of Death: United Kingdom Age at Death: 28

Biographical Notes:

Pilot Officer Lee was educated at Pui Ching Middle School, Canton. He attended night school and studied mathematics for two years and then attended the Central Military Airforce School at Hangchow where he completed 100 hours flying. In 1938 he returned to New Zealand and enlisted in 1940. Between his return and joining the airforce he worked for Stanley Chan, a fruitgrower in Auckland.

His first base was at the Initial Training Wing at Levin where he went on 9 November 1941 and trained on Harvard aircraft.

Date of Birth: 12 January 1914   Place of Birth: Dannevirke, New Zealand

Enlistment Date: 2 December 1940   Marital Status: Single      Unit Last: 61 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit

Further References: New Zealand Herald 5 April 1997 "Forgotton Fighting Forces

Dinkum Aliens - Manying Ip - World War 2 Veterans

Remembered with honour OSWESTRY GENERAL CEMETERY


Country: England Area: Shropshire Rank: Pilot Officer (Pilot) Official Number: 416123 Unit: Royal New Zealand Air Force

Force: Air Force Nationality: New Zealand Details: 14th November 1942 SecT Grave 10

This is a picture of the 1935 class:  http://puiching.org/classes/1935/1230040.jpg  Additional pictures of PCMS at Canton(Guangzhou) today:



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Willie Chan Lee

Categories:Family History and Family Stories
Family name:Chan
Given names:Willie Lee
Clan name:Chan
Ancestral village:Hargee
District of origin:Zengcheng
Date of birth:1914
Place of birth:Dannevirke
Nationality:New Zealand
Name of spouse:single
Date of death:14th November 1942
Place of death:England
Buried where:Shropshire
Occupation:Pilot Officer
Last known residence:England
Name of father:Chan Ming Fun
Name of mother:Wong See