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This information comes from the biographical file for pilot George, CG-203000-01, et seq., reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.

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"Military Aircraft of the Davis Monthan Register, 1925-1936" is available at the link. This book describes and illustrates with black & white photographs the majority of military aircraft that landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield between 1925 and 1936. The book includes biographies of some of the pilots who flew the aircraft to Tucson as well as extensive listings of all the pilots and airplanes. Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-2-5.

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Harold Lee George is a founding member of the Order of Daedalians.

For a brief biography of Harold Lee George, see this link.

For a reference to a 1970 oral history deposition given by Lt. Gen. George, see this link.

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HAROLD LEE GEORGE

Harold Lee George, ca. 1940s

H.L. George was Born July 19, 1893 at Somerville, MA and died February 24, 1986, at age 92.

George is a founding member of the Order of Daedalians. He was that organization’s first Wing Commander in 1934.

Pilot George landed five times at the Airfield between 1926 and 1934. Interestingly, he signed in as a rank of Captain in 1927-29, but his promotion to that rank is officially listed as December 31, 1931.

He flew a variety of aircraft, including Observation, Pursuit and Bomber models. Only once, in 1929, did he carry a passenger.

His entries of home base and destinations map nicely with his official record of assignments. For example, he was assigned in August, 1925 to Washington, DC as an assistant in the War Plans Division, Office of the Chief of Air Service. His landing on February 10, 1926 lists his home base and destination as Washington.

Lt. Gen. Harold Lee George

He was enrolled in the Air Corps Tactical School at Maxwell Field, AL in September, 1931. He remained at Maxwell Field as an instructor until January 1936. His landing on July 29, 1934 lists his home base as Maxwell.

In February 1938 and November 1939 he took part in the Army goodwill flights to South America. He received the Order of the Southern Cross (Knight) from the Government of Brazil for his part in the South American Flight in November.

As WWII approached, in 1940 he became Commanding Officer of the 2nd Bombardment Group at Langley Field, VA, and in January 1941 added the duties of Executive Officer of the 2nd Bombardment Wing there. In July 1941 he was appointed Assistant Chief of the Air Staff for Plans. As Lt. Col. during WWII he co-authored the Air War Plans Division white paper on the AAF scope and mission for Hap Arnold. He was promoted to Lieutenant General on March 16, 1945.

One of his jobs was to decorate fellow Register pilots Nancy Harkness Love and Robert Love. Please direct your browser to her page to see an image of her and Bob receiving their Air Medals. Photograph, below, of another photo opportunity with Nancy Harkness.

Lt. Gen. H.L. George and Nancy Harkness Love, Date Unknown
George Confering Air Medal on Nancy Harkness Love and Robert Love

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