|Birth: ||Nov. 17, 1904|
|Death: ||Mar. 14, 1942, India|
Son of Ira Herbert George & Josie Asilee Wilson.
Husband of Bernice King.
Early US Army aviation pioneer and respected military pilot.
About 10:15 P.M., Lt.Col. George was killed in the crash of China National Aviation Corporation's (CNAC's)DC-2,plane #31, shortly after take-off, about a mile from the Kunming Airdrome on a flight to Chungking. The plane was piloted by the highly competent CNAC pilot, Emil "Scotty" Scott. All three crew members and ten passengers died in the crash. Four passengers survived. George's body was identified by General Clare Chenault, a close, personal friend of George's. This crash was reported in the New York Times, March 16, 1942. A short paragraph about the accident is in William Leary's book, "The Dragon's Wings". Some personal details can be found in Olga Greenlaw's book, "The Lady and The Tigers". On March 16, 1942, George was buried in the Chinese Cemetery for Military Aviators, 8 km east of Kunming on the Kweiyang road. Chaplain Paul Frillmann officiated. Claire Chennault was in attendance along with Flying Tiger Charlie Bond and Olga Greenlaw. After the war, his body was disinterred and moved to the US Cemetery at Honolulu, Hawaii. (bio by: Rick Lawrence)
Ira Herbert George (1874 - 1972)
Asilee George (1882 - 1955)
Otto Clyde George (1904 - 1942)
Floyd H. George (1908 - 1928)*
Emile H George (1909 - 2000)*
Infant George (1917 - 1917)*
Note: Entered the service from Kansas.
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Plot: A, 790
Maintained by: Jeff Hall
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
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