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PHOTOCOPIED October 2, 2002; NASM PRESERVATION COPY [[newspaper clipping]] China Post Monday, June 20, 1955. U.S. Air Force Units Deployed Here May Be Boosted; View Held By Lee The United States may increase its air force units deployed on Taiwan by one or two more squadrons of jet fighters shortly, well-informed sources said yesterday. They said U.S. 13th Air Force Commander Brigadier General William Lee deemed the deployment of additional units on this island as a necessary step. General Lee, these sources said, formed this opinion recently following his 24-hour whirlwind visit to Taiwan last week. The U.S. 13th Air Force commander arrived in Taipei last Friday and left for his base in the Philippines Saturday. During his brief stay here, General Lee visited Chinese air force bases and held a conference with officers of the 13th Task Air Force in Taiwan. Pointing out that Taiwan is included in the area under the defense of the U.S. 13th Air Force, the sources said that General Lee is empowered to make such deployment decisions without submitting them to Washington for approval. At present, the sources said, the United States has on Taiwan only one squadron of F-86's, one small unit of other warplanes, an unknown number of United States Marine planes, and a squadron of jet aircraft on temporary service here. It might be recalled that Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., Deputy Commander of the U.S. 13th Air force and concurrently commander of the U.S. 13th Air Task Force, came here sometime ago and set up an advance headquarters here immediately after his arrival Speculations were current [[?]] that the United States [[?]] contemplating to boost [[?]] strength here. [[/newspaper clipping]]
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