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Keith E Canella

Military

Assigned to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Graduate of Westpoint. Crashed near Beautor, France hit by flak in P-38J 43-28731 whilst dive bombing bridge on 22-Jun-44. MACR 6108.

Awards: AM, PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 434th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Wattisham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Rock Island, IL, USA 1922

Son of Joseph and Agnes Canella.

Lived in California, USA 1941
Pilot training Lemoore, CA 93245, USA 1943

Advanced flight training - Lemore, California

Crashed 11 Roman Rd, Ipswich IP7 7RA, UK May 1944

During low pass in P-38,
propeller hit the ground. Pulled up but left wing tip struck hangar roof, crashing the plane beyond the hangar in almost immediate flames. Escaped flaming wreck.

Killed in Action (KIA) 02800 Beautor, France 22 June 1944

Crashed near Beautor, France hit by flak in P-38J 43-28731 whilst dive bombing bridge on 22-Jun-44. MACR 6108.

Buried cimetiere de beautor, France 23 June 1944

Interred
Beautor cemetery

Buried 1946

Re-Interred
Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial

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