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.
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
UPLOADED: 09/22/05 REVISED: 02/13/08