A Second War RCAF Group to Chinese Canadian
A Second War RCAF Group to Chinese Canadian - 1939-1945 Star; France and Germany Star; Defence Medal; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp; and War Medal 1939-1945. Unmounted, near mint. Accompanied by the Boxes of Issue for the two Stars, two photographs of Leein uniform and copies of his Service Records, RCAF Certificate of Active Service, Personnel Counselling Report and Department of Veterans Affairs Report and Death Confirmation. Footnote: George Lee was born on December 29, 1915 in Hamilton, Ontario, the son of Wong Lee (father, who was born in China), his mother's first name not stated but her maiden name was Chin. He graduated a Junior matric. from Central Collegiate Institute in Hamilton in 1932 at the age of 37, with interests including photography, swimming, tennis and basketball, in additional to being bilingual in English and Chinese. After school, he was casually employed (1932-1935), before gaining employment as an Assistant Steward at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club (1937-1938). Afterwards, he went into the restaurant business and was the Manager of the New Era Grill in Port Colborne, Ontario (1938-1942). He was 26 and still single when he enlisted as Aircrew with the RCAF on June 9, 1942 in Hamilton. Unfortunately, he was grounded due to a deficiency in his night vision requirements and remustered to Electrician in April 1943. R-168494 Leading Aircraftman (Air Crew Electrician) took many courses and attained maximum grouping in his trade. He trained in various locations in Ontario, including Hamilton, Toronto, Belleville, Brantford and St. Thomas, in addition to Montreal, Quebec and Halifax, Nova Scotia between June 1942 and December 1943. While at T.T.S., St. Thomas, on July 1, 1943, he was witnessed as "Gambling in Barracks contrary to S.S.O. (104)" and subsequently sentenced the next day to ten days Correctional Custody. Lee embarked Canada on December 14, 1943, arriving in the United Kingdom on the 21st, before attending the No. 3 Personnel Reception Centre on the 22nd. He was taken on strength at No. 128 Airfield Headquarters in early January 1944 and after six months orientation in England, left for France on June 29th, arriving the next day in the French theatre. He served on the Continent for fifteen and half months before embarking Ostend, Belgium on August 15, 1945, proceeding to RAF Dunsfold. Lee returned to Canada in December 1945 and was honourably released from the RCAF and transferred to the Reserve, General Section, Class "E" on February 7, 1946, having served three years and four months in the RCAF, two of which were overseas. In a report from Veterans Affairs the day before he was released, his future plans were stated, "Wants to attain senior matric. and then go to University to study Engineering. Age 30. This man wants to take training and will apply for same. States that he had made arrangements to go to University in the U.S. to take Engineering but enlisted instead. Admits his age is high for such an educational program but is confident it would not be any barrier. Impresses as being sincere, intelligent, well-composed and capable of applying himself to study. Progressed well in Servicetrade tests. Has a record of building up (a) successful restaurant business, is self confident and while ability to learn score is average, he appears to be better than average. Good personality." Although they felt highly about his aptitude and personality, the report stated "Only because of this man's age is it difficult to full recommend his aspirations." and continues, "Restaurant work does not appeal to him now. Would be suitable for salesmanship where people of his own race are being contacted." Lee passed away at Henderson General Hospital in Hamilton on June 18, 1966 at the age of 50. In addition to the medals presented here, he was also documented as having been awarded the War Service Badge, No. 507741, which is not included with this group.