Cool Old Picture– George Kenney with My Grandfather
Here’s General George Kenney with my Grandfather in the late 1940’s…
Kenney was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, and graduated from Brookline High School in 1907. He left MITafter three years to take a job at Quebec Saguenay Railroad as an instrument technician. In June 1917 he enlisted as a flying cadet in the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps, where he received flight training from noted aviator Bert Acosta. As a lieutenant in France during World War I, Kenney flew 75 combat missions and shot down two German aircraft while serving with the 91st Aero Squadron. (It is believed that one of the two German pilots he shot down was Hermann Göring, later the head of the Luftwaffe in World War II.) After the war, Kenney remained for a time with the Allied occupation forces in Germany. He was promoted to Captain in 1919 and was appointed commander of the 91st Aero Squadron.
During the 1920s and 1930s, Kenney attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and the Army War College inWashington, D.C. From September 1927 to July 1931 he was an instructor at the Air Corps Tactical School. He was also involved in surveying airfield sites in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Kenney was active in aeronautical research and development during this period, and pioneered the use ofmachine guns mounted in the wings of Air Corps pursuit planes