A First War American Air Service Grouping to Lt. Lee
A First War American Air Service Grouping to Lt. Lee; Second Lieutenant (Air Service) John B. Lee, comprising: his Observers Wing, in sterling silver, hand crafted and chiseled, mounted on navy blue cotton (58x24mm), pin back, of very fine quality manufacture, unmarked, in very fine condition and very scarce; his Officers Observers collar badges; rank insignia; and his ID (or dog) tag in aluminum; Second Lieutenant (Air Service) John B. Lee was credited with shooting down three German planes on November 3, 1918, and was awarded Distinguished Service Cross citation reads "The President of the United States of America, authorised by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Second Lieutenant (Air Service) John B. Lee, United States Army Air Service, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 25th Aero Squadron, U.S. Army Air Service, A.E.F. near Mezieres, France, 3 November 1918. Lieutantent Lee exhibited extreme courage in the course of a long and dangerous photographic and visual reconnaissance in the region of Mazieres with two other planes of the 24th Aero Squadron. Their formation was broken by the attack of ten enemy pursuit places; five enemy planesattacked Lieutenant Lee and his pilot. With remarkable coolness Lieutenant Lee succeeded in shooting down two of the planes. They then had a clea passage to their own lines, but turned back into Germany to assist friendly plane with several hostile aircraft attacking it. They succeeded in shooting down one more enemy. Lieutenant Lee and pilot returned to our lines with information and photographs of great military value."