Aug. 26, 1952 ~ Jan. 1, 1952
A hero who rushed the aircraft into the enemy camp
- Defending Yeongcheon in the Korean War
- When it was shot down by the North Korean Army, the fighter jets flew into the anti-aircraft gun bunker.
A young spirit that soared in the sky/ Folding wings splendid for the country/ Red loyalty/ (omitting)/ Raising the image of a distinguished hand/ A flower of loyalty/ Rest in peace, late Lieutenant Lee Il-young ’, Dongbu-ri, Dosan-myeon, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do A commemorative poem engraved under the bust of Air Force Lieutenant Lee Il-young in the bust of this lieutenant wearing an air force combat uniform is dignified and majestic. A monument were erected here in 2001 by the Yean Lee's clan and Andong citizens to commemorate Lieutenant Lee Il-young, who have died during the Korean War. Every year, a memorial rite is held to pray for the well-being and prosperity of the Republic of Korea and to protect the sky.
At 7 A.M. on January 9, 1952, Second Lieutenant Lee Il-young boarded an F-51 fighter-bomber and headed for the Wonsan district just above Gangwon-do. This was to attack the North Korean military's transport of war materials, which was actively carried out around this area. It was the 43rd sortie. The 1st Fighter Wing, to which this lieutenant belonged, attacked the North Korean Army's railroad line and anti-aircraft gun positions over Changdo-ri, Geumseong-gun. Shortly thereafter, the engine of this fighter-bomber was destroyed by North Korean anti-aircraft artillery fire. This lieutenant did not escape. Rather, the bombers were dropped into the bunkers of the North Korean anti-aircraft guns. It was an instant thing. He disappeared into the flames with the fighter. He was 24 years old.
Air Force Lieutenant Lee Il-young was born into a family in Yean-myeon, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do. He graduated from An Simsang Primary School in March 1942 and entered the Japanese Boys Air Force Academy the following year. In September 1948, at the age of 20, he enlisted in the Army Aviation Department and served as a pilot with the establishment of the Air Force the following year.
When the Korean War broke out, he was responsible for reconnaissance of the North Korean Army with the L-4 liaison plane, the first aircraft of the Republic of Korea, and missions such as liaison flights and leaflet spraying. The L-4's speed was slow and the airframe was insignificant, so when it flew low, it was exposed to the North Korean military. But his piloting skill was excellent. In particular, in September 1950, he found and defeated 200 North Korean soldiers who were hiding around the Daegu and Yeongcheon districts of Gyeongsang Province, and made a great contribution to the protection of Yeongcheon District by discovering about 300 North Korean soldiers who were secretly moving to the South Korean military positions. In commemoration of his achievements, the government conferred the one-class special promotion and the awarded Chungmu Medal of Merit.
In 2015, on the 65th anniversary of the Korean War, Andong City constructed 'Lee Il-young Park' in Dosan-myeon, Andong-si, the hometown of Lieutenant Lee, so that citizens can remember and carry on the spirit of love for the country.