Bob Wuest USAAF  B25 321st BG  Bob Klemedson USAAF P38 49th FG Bob Jensen USAAF C47  15th DAF Jack Morris  USMC F4U VMF 218 Ray Burwell P47 P51 356th FG Bob Abramson  USAAF B29 20th AF 9th BG Burt Newmark P47  P51 78th FG 84th FS Bill Fulwider USN  PB4Y (B24)  VB/VPB 104 Ernie Nackord  USAAF B26 P61 Rod Arnett A20 Havoc USAAF 417th BG   464th BS Ed Ellington  USAA P40  P47  57th FG C.O. of 65th FS Joe Lang P47 USAAF 79th FG 87th FS Glenn Dow B24 P47 464th BG  350th FG Jim Bartley  USAAF P40  P51 353rd FG Tim Crowley B17 100th BG Drury McCall F4U USMC VMF 214 VMF 215 Jim Van Ry F4U USMC VMF 223 Bob Driscoll B17 457th BG  

Born Neodesha, Kansas 1920  Joined
Navy Air Corp and awarded pilot wings July 28, 1943 and graduated from flight school in Corpus Christi, TX.  "My favorite airplane to fly?: Liked them all. "

Jim Kensinger was born in Kansas, however, his parents moved back to Missouri when he was only a few months old.    While he lived in several places, including London, England and New Mexico, he spent most of his growing-up-years living with his grandparents on a farm in southwestern Missouri.

After graduating from high school he attended Southwest Missouri State College.   During these school years he worked at various part-time jobs. He enlisted in the Navy in June 1942 as an Aviation Cadet, went through Pre-flight at St. Mary's College in Morago, CA,    Primary at Livermore, CA and then to Corpus Christi, TX.

After receiving his Navy wings he was based in Hollywood, Florida; ATU, Banana River, Florida; Jim joined Squadron VPB- 17 when it was commissioned; was stationed at Harvey Point, N.C., then to the Pacific Theatre in the Spring of 1944.