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Lee Lue

Death: Jul 12, 1969

Birthplace: Xiangkhouang Province

Nationality: United States

Lee Lue

Date of Death : Jul 12, 1969
Birth Place : Xiangkhouang Province

Major Lee Lue was a Laotian Hmong fighter bomber pilot notable for flying more combat missions than any other pilot in the Kingdom of Laos. Lee Lue flew continuously, as many as 10 missions a day and averaging 120 combat missions a month to build a total of more than 5,000 sorties. Lee Lue was the leader of the special group of Hmong pilots flying T-28Ds out of Long Tieng against the Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese positions. The group was funded by the CIA and was part of the regular Royal Lao Air Force, but took orders directly from MR2 Commander Gen. Vang Pao. He was shot down by anti-aircraft fire and killed over Laos near Muong Suoi on July 12, 1969. At the time of his death, he had flown more combat missions than any pilot in history. A motto attributed to him was "Fly 'til you die." He was posthumously promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.

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