Ace WWII Pilot Dies

Maj. Gen. John R. Alison lead a daring Allied invasion of Burma.

By Monique Hayes
|  Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011  |  Updated 9:05 PM EDT
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Ace WWII Pilot Dies

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A fighter pilot who helped lead a daring Allied air invasion of Burma has died.

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. John R. Alison passed away at his home in Washington on Monday. He was 89 years old.

Alison helped lead a mission in 1943 that flew more than 9,000 troops and 250 tons of supplies into the Burmese jungle, according to an article written by Air Force magazine in 2009. He had never flown the stealthy glider planes most arrived aboard.

The ace pilot  will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

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