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James Ford Kelley

Military

Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 25-Jun-43 in B-17 42-5468 'Quinine The Bitter Dose', Returned to Duty (RTD).

Awards: SS, DFC, AM (4OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • George Stallings

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    20-Mar-43 Assigned as Co-Pilot of B-17 42-5393 "Thumper Again", 303BG/360BS at Molesworth, UK with the rank of First Lieutenant. ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


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

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5393 'Just For Laughs' aka 'Little Woman' aka 'Thumper Again'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 29/11/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Molesworth 25/2/43; took off from RAF Kenley following previous day’s raid, but involved in landing accident at RAF North Luffenham after getting lost en route to base 15/10/43;...

  • 42-5468 Quinine -The Bitter Dose

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-5468 was delivered at Denver 11-Dec-42; Salina 8-Jan-4343; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-I] Molesworth 8-Apr-43; On 25-Jun-43 the aircraft was depatched to bomb the construction shops adjacent to the submarine building at Hamburg, Germany. On the...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Washington DC 25 April 1922
Based Molesworth 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Sarasota, FL 2 October 1996
Buried Arlington National Cemetery November 1996

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
Section 64, Site 2127

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2021 10:35:48 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events and place associations
Sources

Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency.
https://www.fold3.com/record/22088316/james-f-kelley-social-security-dea...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/15857553/james-ford-kelley

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2021 22:31:46 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2018 21:32:07 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/15857553/james-ford-kelley

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2018 19:03:16 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/15857553/james-ford-kelley

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor/self

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