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Lee Nan-pin

Lee Nan-pin

Martyr Lee Nan-pin, was born at Nanzhen City of Shaanxi Province on October 16, 1930. With his family in straitened circumstances, Lee’s mother sent him to a Xibei Children Upbringing Institute in 1942. After passing an entrance examination, he enrolled to be a classmate of the 5th Class of the Air Force Preparatory School in 1944. He performed excellently in character and learning in his class.

Lee’s mother, a virtuous woman, became a widow after her husband died. In 1948, she died with grief and poverty. At the moment, the communists launched overall insurgency against the government and the national situation was very unstable. Since the school was about to relocate, Lee could not return home to pay the last tribute to his mother and he was therefore very sad about his mother’s death. His classmates persuaded him to transfer his filial piety to serve his country so as to comfort his mother’s soul.

Lee entered the Air Force Academy to become a cadet of 31st Class in 1960. After graduating from it in July 1962, he was assigned to the 5th Fighter Group as an intern. At that time, the ROCAF held an examination to select good pilots to conduct the conversion operations for its worn-out fighters and bombers. After taking an examination, he was chosen to lean the conversion training of these new planes in November 1962. When completing his learning by the end of 1963, he was assigned as a fighter and bomber pilot. Afterward, he was enrolled as the member of the Thunder Tiger Aerobatics Team, where he performed several times at home and abroad. In 1966, he was assigned to a recon unit. In May of 1967, he was ordered to fly over Shanghai and Ningbo to conduct a recon-photo mission. Though being intercepted by several MiG fighters, he successfully accomplished his mission. Lee was unable to return to home base since his plane seriously damaged, so that he headed for Okinawa. As radio failed, he could not contact the control tower on the ground for approach. Thanks to the guidance of the allied forces’ all-weather aircraft, he was able to land safely. The commander of the allied forces commended him for his excellent flight skills.

In 1963, he was ordered to fly into the southern, central and northwestern China to conduct recon-photo mission. Though being intercepted by hundreds of Communists airplanes, he successfully evaded these planes and accomplished the given missions. Because of outstanding performance, he was received and commended by former President Chiang Kai-shek. He was also selected to be the hero of the 13th and 14th Difficulty-conquering Competition. Lee totally conducted 189 missions with accumulated 664 operational scores, ten times of commendation awards and merits, for which he awarded various awards, including 1st and 2nd grade of Awe-inspiring Medal, Flying Tiger Medal, Exemplary Medal, Rapacious Condor Medal, Order of Renaissance and Honor, Order of Precious Tripod with Rosette.

With character of taciturn, he loved reading, playing chess and sports. No matter how busy he was, he didn’t give up reading and exercise. He once said, “I lost my father when young, and was raised up by the country to have flight skills. Therefore, I should always follow President and my senior officers to serve my country, wipe out the communists, and recover the territory in mainland China, even if losing my life for it.”

On 7 July, 1964, he was killed when conducting a recon-photo mission in mainland China. The government posthumously promoted him to the rank of Colonel, and his deeds of valor were recorded in historical books. The Yilan Air Force Dependant Elementary School, transferred to the local government for management in 1966, was approved to name the Nan Ping Elementary School after him. He left behind his wife, Yeh Chiu -ying, and one son and daughter.