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Michael G Kennedy

Military

Assigned to 409BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 41-24215.

Navigator B-24 41-24298 'Queenie', shot down by Me 109 fighters on 13-Nov-43 mission to Bremen, Germany Port Area. Plane crashed into North Sea, off west coast Isle of Amrum near Norddorf, Germany. KIA. MACR 2198.

Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), PH.

Service

People

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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. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 409th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24298 Queenie

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-24298, named, Queenie, from the 8th Air Force from the UK, was TDY to the 9th Air Force in benghazi, Libya. Lt. Lewellen L. Brown flew, Queenie, on Operation Tidal Wave, the Ploesti oil refinery mission. The plane was damaged and...

  • 41-24215 'Lucky' 'Dogpatch Raider'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D Liberator #41-24215 'Lucky Gordon', sometimes called just 'Lucky', was originally an aircraft of the 409th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. Flew on the 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, diverting to Sicily. After returning to the ETO and further missions...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

Associated Place

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Early, IA 27 December 1919
Lived in Storm Lake, Iowa 1941
Enlisted 11 July 1941
Navigator Training Kelly Field, San Antonio, TX November 1941 – June 1942

Kelly Field San Antonio, TX 4-Nov-41; Victory Field, Vernon, TX Dec-41; Ellington Field Houston, TX Mar-42; Hondo, TX Jun-42; Graduated 2nd Lt.

Instructor Hondo, TX July 1942 – October 1942

Navigator Instructor, Hondo, TX

Bombardier training Carlsbad, NM October 1942 – 18 January 1943

Bombardier training, Carlsbad, New Mexico

Based Hardwick 1943 – 13 November 1943

Assigned to 409BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY 9AF.

Flew to ETO Bangor, MN 23 May 1943

Departed Bangor, Maine for European Theatre of Operations.

TDY 9AF June 1943

Departed UK for Middle East on TDY to 9AF.

Returned to UK 1 September 1943

Departed Middle East for UK.

Died Amrum, Germany 13 November 1943

Shot down by Me 109 fighters on 13-Nov-43 mission to Bremen, Germany Port Area. Plane crashed into North Sea, off west coast Isle of Amrum near Norddorf, Germany. KIA. MACR 2198.

Buried Netherlands American Cemetery 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial
Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2021 16:27:41 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310952141
https://www.fold3.com/record/529876088/michael-g-kennedy-american-battle...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56300474/michael-g.-kennedy

Date Contributor Update
11 October 2019 13:29:34 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2015 21:55:58 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC; MACR 2189 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2189 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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