Renowned WWII Fighter Pilot Dies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TERRELL HILLS, Texas (AP) - A World War II fighter pilot who was the youngest brigadier general in the history of the Texas Air National Guard has died. David Lee "Tex" Hill was 92.

Hill died yesterday at his home in Terrell Hills near San Antonio.

In 1941, Hill joined the Flying Tigers, an American volunteer group based in China during World War II. He shot down 18-and-a-half enemy aircraft during the war.

Hill emerged from the war a national hero. John Wayne based his character in the 1942 film, "The Flying Tigers," on him. Hill earned numerous medals, among them the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, four Distinguished Flying Crosses, the British Flying Cross and six Chinese combat decorations.

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