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Robert Sylvester Kinsey

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Robert Sylvester Kinsey Born April 1 1924 in Oklahoma's Osage Indian Reservation in Hominy Oklahoma to Robert S. Kinsey and Olive Forsythe. His father worked for the Train Company in the Oil Fields. Later moved to Atchison Kansas were he married his High School sweet heart Virginia Lee Grunert. Robert did not graduate High School. He left during his Junior year and married Virginia on September 25th 1942. In November 1942 he enlisted into the U.S. Army Air Corps at age 18 and went for training as a Waist Engineer (Gunner) in Florida, then to Mississippi, Louisiana, Nevada, then to Washington State and Oregon and his crew was formed and flew to England in December 1943. He flew 25 missions in England and then sent to Italy where he flew another 25 missions. He returned home in Sept. 1944 and was stationed in Omaha, Nebraska then transferred to Madison, Wisconsin. Discharged in Sept of 1945 and returned to Kansas City, Missouri and began work at Drug Store, Coke Cola as a delivery driver, then began his sales career with a local Auto Parts Distributor. His sales career then went to Packaging Machinery sales with Larson Packaging Machinery as a Rep and ultimately started his own company, Kinsey Packaging Equipment Co. He became a Boy Scout Leader in the late 50's. He was a Member of the Boy Scouts of America and the Heart of America Council as a Scout Leader and became an Honorary Chief in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

Service

People

  • John Huber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 401st Bomb Group

  • Robert Hurd

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 401st Bomb Group

  • Ruben Kreckorian

    Military | Technical Sergeant | 401st Bomb Group

  • Olle Norell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42-8162. Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Walter Oliver

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 401st Bomb Group

  • George Panichas

    Military | 401st Bomb Group

  • George Peacock

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 401st Bomb Group

  • Clarence Schellenburg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 401st Bomb Group

  • Lewis Sleeper

    Military | Sergeant | 401st Bomb Group

  • Ezra Weber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 10 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Re-enlisted in USAF serving in Korean conflict.

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 342nd Bomb Squadron
  • 614th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31116

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/9/43; Gt Falls 14/10/43; Bowman 28/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IW-O] Deenethorpe 30/10/43; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with John Singleton, Co-pilot: Clarry Barsuk, Navigator: Jim Levey, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

  • 42-31369 Round Tripper

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/10/43; Gr Island 13/11/43; Romulus 25/11/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-K] Deenethorpe 14/1/44; Missing in Action Brandenburg 6/8/44 with John Sauerwald, Co-pilot: John Zimmerman, Navigator: Forrest Holmstrom, Bombardier: Cletus...

  • 42-31488 Shade Ruff

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/11/43; Gt Falls 11/11/43; Kearney 28/11/43; Romulus 4/12/43; Bangor 5/12/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-D] Deenethorpe 2/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with Dale Peterson, Co-pilot: George Morse, Navigator: Harley Honeberger,...

  • 42-39820

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 9/9/43; Scott 28/10/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-J] Deenethorpe 14/11/44; Missing in Action Stettin 11/4/44 with Sam Wilson, Co-pilot: Elgin Gattis*, Navigator: Larry Sudakov, Bombardier: John Daly, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-39881 Gloria J.

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 28/9/43; Gr Island 12/10/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-F] Deenethorpe 13/12/43; Missing in Action Stettin 11/4/44 with Pilot: Bob Stine, Co-pilot: Bob Kehoe, Navigator: Lee Miller, Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner: Paul Trump,...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command FO 233 BOMBER ESCORT

    3 February 1944
    A combined force of 632 fighter aircraft of types P-38, P-47 and P-51 are despatched to provide escort to heavy bombers attacking at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. ...

  • 8th Air Force 210

    5 February 1944
    German airfield in France are the targets for this mission. All three Bomb Divisions despatch aircraft. The combined bomber gunner's claims of all three Bomb Divisions were 5-0-5 (displayed with Chateauroux element of 1BD). Summary as follows: ...

  • VIII Fighter Command FO 240 BOMBER ESCORT

    11 February 1944
    This fighter escort operation is conducted by two separate fighter elements in support of heavy bomber missions attacking at Siracourt, France and Frankfurt, Germany. ...

  • VIII Fighter Command FO 245 BOMBER ESCORT

    20 February 1944
    A combined force of 835 fighters of types: P-38, P-47 and P-51 is assembled and despatched to provide escort to the first BIG WEEK mission heavy bombers attacking at Leipzig and Brunswick, Germany. The combined total of all claims against enemy...

  • 8th Air Force FO 257 BOMBER ESCORT

    2 March 1944
    Two separate fighter operations are utilized to escort the two heavy bomber operations attacking at Frankfurt, Germany and Chartres, France. ...

  • 8th Air Force 265 LEAFLET DROP

    18 March 1944
    6 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatched on a night operation to drop 300 bundles (1,500,000?) leaflets on the French cites of Cambrai, Lille, Paris, Amiens, Roeun, and Caen. There are no losses or claims.

  • 8th Air Force 266

    19 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in France are the targets for this mission. A combined force of 193 B-17s of 1st and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 4 January 1924

Robert Sylvester Kinsey Born April 1 1924 in Oklahoma's Osage Indian Reservation in Hominy Oklahoma to Robert S. Kinsey and Olive Forsythe.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2014 22:03:32 jer@mia.net Changes to suffix
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Jeremy Kinsey - Grandson

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2014 21:54:11 jer@mia.net Changes to events
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Jeremy Kinsey

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2014 21:41:47 jer@mia.net Changes to biography and events
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Jeremy Kinsey

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2014 21:35:53 jer@mia.net Changes to service number
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Robert Kinsey War Dept Records

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 23:28:04 jer@mia.net Changes to biography
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Terry Kinsey - Son

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 23:16:58 jer@mia.net Changes to biography
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Terry Kinsey - Son

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 23:10:46 jer@mia.net Changes to events
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Terry Kinsey - Son

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 23:08:27 jer@mia.net Changes to biography
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Terry Kinsey - Son

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 23:07:32 jer@mia.net Changes to biography and events
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Terry Kinsey - Son of Robert Kinsey

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 21:51:00 jer@mia.net Changes to unit associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 21:36:36 jer@mia.net Changes to person associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 21:36:12 jer@mia.net Changes to person associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 21:35:36 jer@mia.net Changes to person associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 21:34:31 jer@mia.net Changes to person associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 21:34:04 jer@mia.net Changes to person associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 21:33:39 jer@mia.net Changes to person associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 21:33:06 jer@mia.net Changes to person associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 21:32:44 jer@mia.net Changes to person associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 21:32:17 jer@mia.net Changes to person associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 21:31:39 jer@mia.net Changes to person associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 21:29:06 jer@mia.net Changes to person associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 20:49:58 jer@mia.net Changes to media associations
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Provided by Grandson, Jeremy Anthony Kinsey and Great Grandson - Taylor Robert Kinsey

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 20:48:27 jer@mia.net Changes to unit associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 20:48:02 jer@mia.net Changes to unit associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 20:45:38 jer@mia.net Changes to mission associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 20:44:51 jer@mia.net Changes to mission associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 20:44:17 jer@mia.net Changes to mission associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 20:43:37 jer@mia.net Changes to mission associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 20:42:50 jer@mia.net Changes to mission associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 20:42:27 jer@mia.net Changes to mission associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 20:41:24 jer@mia.net Changes to aircraft associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 20:41:06 jer@mia.net Changes to aircraft associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 20:40:29 jer@mia.net Changes to aircraft associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 20:40:03 jer@mia.net Changes to aircraft associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 20:39:34 jer@mia.net Changes to aircraft associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 20:38:39 jer@mia.net Changes to aircraft associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 20:30:30 jer@mia.net Changes to mission associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 20:27:26 jer@mia.net Changes to mission associations
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http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 20:20:13 jer@mia.net Changes to middlename and role
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Sons and Grandson, Terrel Eugene Kinsey, Larry Kinsey and Jeremy Anthony Kinsey

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:07 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1088

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