Daughter Shares Her Father's 'Proud Pilot' WWII Experiences Cody Drabble Friday, November 10, 2017 | Sacramento, CA Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. Gail Spelis / Courtesy Gail Spelis co-wrote a book "Proud Pilot: A True Story Of Family, Wartime and Survival Against The Odds" with her father Lt. Col. Robert J. McMurry (USAF Retired). The book tells the story of her father as a pilot in WWII for the US Air Force. He logged 33,000 hours in the air with 24 years of service for the Air Force and 16 years as a civilian pilot. Gail Spelis joins Insight to share her father's experiences in the war and after.