|Lee A. Archer|
|Born 1919 (age 90–91)|
|Service/branch|| United States
United States Air Force
|Years of service||1941–1960|
332nd Fighter Group
Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal (18 clusters)
Distinguished Unit Citation
He scored 4½ official, confirmed air combat victories:
He also destroyed six aircraft on the ground during a strafing mission in August 1944.
Archer's second kill on 18 July was never credited because it couldn't be confirmed. During the mission, Archer spotted a Bf-109. His flight lead, Wendell O. Pruitt — for whom he was acting as wingman — saw it, but did not pursue. Archer chose then to go after it. Another pilot, Freddie Hutchins, also spotted the plane, and turned to attack. After chasing it for some time, Archer fired and crippled the enemy aircraft. As it headed toward the ground, Hutchins, who'd almost pulled even with Archer, fired as well: "for the hell of it," according to Archer. Because the Army Air Force received conflicting reports as to who had actually scored the kill, both Archer and Hutchins were officially awarded a half-kill, giving Archer 4½ official victories after the mission on 12 October.
He is an Honoree of the American Fighter Aces Association.
Archer's P-51C was named "Ina The Macon Belle", after his wife.