Maj. George R. Insley
U.S. Army Air Corp.
Pilot, B-24 Bomber
Presented by his daughter,
Pvt George R Insley of Roseburg, Oregon
joined Army Air Corp Feb 8, 1942.
he drove up to Eugene to enlist.
He remembers the bus ride north to Fort Lewis that the bus got stuck. Driver yelled "everyone off and push" and they did. after fort Lewis he remembers it took over a week on the train to get to Texas.
Cadet Insley by the trainer plane a Vultee BT-13.in Sept 1942
he always wanted to learn to fly since he had seen his first planes.
Cadet Insley all dressed in flight gear.
PT 13 trainer Cadet group Dad trained with in Wichita, Tx 1942
(doesn't remember all the names)
Unknow, James Huffman from Stockton CA, Instructor, Unknow, George Insley
2nd Lt George R Insley is ready to head overseas as a pilot of B-24
George R Insley first B-24 crew. they shipped to England together in summer 1943
They Arrived in England 1st week of Sept. 1943
Here he got his first crew.
Back row enlisted men:
Stg Rudolff Jandreau, Flight engineer/Top turret gunner
Stg Thomas J Edmonds Gunner
Stg Paul R. Kittle, Radio Man.
Stg John S. Young, Waist Gunner/Radio
Stg George Federlin, Gunner
Co-pilot in training didn't go to England with him;
Cpt George R Insley, pilot:
1 Lt Milton Feinstein, Navigator;
1 Lt Leonard A. Dweller, Bombardier (was wounded in Jan 1944)
Co-pilots. I had numerous. My Original Robert Berry, was medical grounded with sinus problems.
2ND: Wallace Money, joined the RAF and was put on my crew after I had about 5 missions in England.
Col. Gibson pinning the 3rd Oak leaf cluster on First LT George R. Insley.
Captain George R. Insley.
He loved flying the B-24, called the flying box car.
Cpt Lewis E. Insley joined in Jan 1942, was a trainer of Pilots, then flew fighters out of Italy.
PVT Theodore F. Insley joined 1943
Cpt George R. Insley
joined in 1043.
this picture was rare time the 3 boys were all together in about 1943.
Capt George R Insley
28+ missions under his belt.
He wore his logging boots on each of his missions so he could walk out if they crashed landed. they guys believed they were their lucky boots.
These are the Insley's Crew at the end of 2nd tour Spring of 1945
There are 8 people in Photo. Left to right. Front row
l. Rudolff Jandreau, Mechanic- Top turret gunner
2. George Insley, Pilot
3. Milton Feinstein, name change to Fenton, Navigator.
4. George Federlin, Tail Gunner.
5. Back row: Left, Allan Deutsch, Ball Gunner.
6. Paul Kittle, Radio Man.
7. Frank Bata, Waist Gunner - not on my orginal crew, but had flow some missions with me.
8. John Young, Waist Gunner.
Most of these men flew 2 tours of missions with me.
hiB-24 simular to the ones George flew. His first combat flight to Danzig, Poland- he was in Purple Heart corner(low, & last of 25 planes) for 9hrs 55min round trip a most dangerous place. he believes fear kept him alive. His feet danced on the rudders so the fighters had a hard time hitting him.
His 3rd mission was to Berlin. Fear this time drove him to God. He knelt an prayed "Lord, your doing to have to take care of me, cause I sure cant".