George, Harold Lee, Lt Gen

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Last Rank
Lieutenant General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1060-Bombardment Unit Commander
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Service Years
1917 - 1946
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Lieutenant General

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Contact Info
Home Town
Somerville, Massachusetts
Last Address
Los Angeles, California

Date of Passing
Feb 24, 1986
Location of Interment
United States Air Force Academy Cemetery - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: 003 A 069

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He was an aviation pioneer who helped shape and promote daylight precision bombing. He taught at the Air Corps Tactical School and influenced a group of airmen who had powerful influence during and after WWII. He was the de-facto leader of the so-called "Bomber Mafia", the men who advocated an independent force of heavy bombers. He helped shape America's bomber strategy for the war by assisting the Air War Plans Division with a complete aircraft production and bombing strategy. During World War II, he led the Air Transport Command, taking it from 130 obsolescent aircraft to 3,000 modern transports, operated by 300,000 airmen. after WWII, he helped Hughes Aircraft become very profitable, and was twice elected mayor of Beverly Hills, CA. He had retired from the USAAF in 1946 but was recalled to active duty in 1955 and then retired from the USAF.

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 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 World War I
  1941-1945 World War II
 Colleges Attended 
George Washington UniversityPrinceton UniversityNational UniversityAir University
Command and General Staff CollegePennsylvania Military College
  1914-1915, George Washington University
  1917-1918, Princeton University
  1918-1920, National University
  1931-1932, Air University
  1936-1937, Command and General Staff College
  1941-1943, Pennsylvania Military College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-10 Martin Bomber  B-25 Mitchell  B-17 Flying Fortress  B-24 Liberator  
  1937-1941, B-10 Martin Bomber
  1937-1941, B-25 Mitchell
  1937-1946, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1942-1946, B-24 Liberator
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