Beirne Lay Jr.
By James Dray
Beirne Lay Jr., was born in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia back in 1909. He attended St. Paul’s School in Concord and Yale University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1931. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1932, shortly he began pilot training at Randolph Field, Texas.He earned his pilot’s wings in 1932, commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve at Kelly Field. He was assigned to the 20th Bombardment Squadron at Langley Field, Virginia. In 1935, he left active duty but remained a Reserve officer being promoted to 1st lieutenant in 1936. He worked for The Sportsman Pilot becoming its managing editor. He returned to active duty just after the outbreak of WWII in 1939. He was transferred to Headquarters USAAC in Washington, D.C. in early 19...