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Howard W Kelly

Military

On 16-February-1943 in B-17F 42-5175 while serving as Co-Pilot the aircraft was damaged by flak and 2 engines were hit on the bomb run over St. Nazaire, France. Fighters then attacked and Lt Downing gave orders to bale out. He baled out near Lannion, France and managed to evade capture returning to England on 24-Apr-43.

Howard retired from the AF 30 September 1964. Took a flying job with Air America March 1965. Flew as Captain in Los, Thailand, and Vietnam. He was killed in an air crash.

Service

Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5175

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-5175 was delivered at Denver 6-Oct-42; New Castle 4-Nov-42; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY- ] Thurleigh 16-Nov-42; Missing in Action 16-Feb-43 while on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St Nazaire, France. Aircraft was severely damaged by flak...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 36

    16 February 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are designated as the primary target of this mission of 71 B-17s and 18 B-24s. B-17s are from 91BG (18); 303BG (15); 305BG (18); 306BG (20) of these 59 are effective on the target and 6 are lost....

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Gasper, Kentucky
Evaded Lannion, France 16 February 1943 – 24 April 1943

He baled out of the stricken aircraft near Lannion, France and managed to evade capture returning to England on 24-Apr-43. The evasion is documented on Escape & Evasion Report #30 which may be viewed at: http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-30.pdf;

Died 16 January 1969

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2015 18:43:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 21-Feb-2015. Added SN per MACR 15471; Added Evaded event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) E&E Report # 30: http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-30.pdf; Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added crew position and loss details to Biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition, MACR 15471, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 78 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15471 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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