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James L Kennedy Jr


Attacked by fighters on a mission to Augsberg, GR on 16 Mar 1944, B-17F #42-30737 'Ohio Air Force' crashed S of Chalons-sur-Marne, FR after exploding in mid-air. Prisoner of War (POW).



Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 549th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30737 Ohio Air Force

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/7/43; Love 23/7/43; Dyersburg 9/8/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-S] Gt Ashfield 3/9/43; Missing in Action Augsburg 16/3/44 with Wesley Krause, Navigator: Bob Dwyer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ron Hanaver, Radio Operator: John...

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...


Event Location Date
Born Queens, NY, USA 27 April 1943
Died 30 July 1993
Buried National Cemetery Long Island, New York


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:38 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3245, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces