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. "
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
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.