Li Han (aviator)

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Li Han (Chinese: 李汉, 1924 in Tang County, Hebei – 11 September 1997) was a MiG-15 fighter jet pilot for the People's Republic of China. He was a flying ace during the Korean War, with eight victories.[1]Li was in the 4th Fighter Aviation Division of the People's Liberation Army Air Force.[2][3] He was the first Chinese pilot credited with shooting down a United States aircraft.[2]

Chinese aces have received the title Combat Hero in acknowledgement of their services.[4] However, very little information is known of the Chinese pilots during the Korean War because of records not being released to the public.

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  1. Varhola 2000, p. 44
  2. 2.0 2.1 Zhang 2004, p. 105.
  3. Zhang 2004, p. 149.
  4. 中华英雄鏖战世界强敌 抗美援朝"战斗英雄"全景扫描 [Profiles on Combat Heroes During the Korean War] (in Chinese). Xinhua. 2010-10-26. Retrieved 2011-08-29.

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