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Richard Love Kellum

Military

Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak Crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. Returned to Duty (RTD) .
Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; MACR 6534

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • James Chandler

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6534 ...

  • Lloyd Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 #42-97238 'Our Captain'; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD Re-assigned to Houston crew. On first...

  • John Martyniak

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Pilot on mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Victor Romasco

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6534 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102585 'The Betty L'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-A] Ridgewell 24/4/44; Missing in Action 12m Tours 24/6/44 with Vic Romasco, Navigator: Jim Chandler, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Elbert Giddens,Tail gunner:...

  • 42-97238 'Our Captain'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/2/44; Kearney 25/2/44; Presque Is 22/3/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-I] Ridgewell 6/4/44; Missing in Action 3m Kerlin-Bastard, Fr 8/6/44 with John Martyniak, Co-pilot: Dick Kellum, Navigator: Jim Manion, Bombardier: Ray Stewart,...

Missions

  • 400

    8 June 1944
    Mission #7 - Bombed the railway yards in Tours, France. Long ride (7 hours).

  • 438

    24 June 1944

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Williamsburg, Ohio, USA 7 June 1921

Son of Charles L and Katherine [Jordan] Kellum.

Enlisted Lexington, KY 7 July 1942

Lexington, Kentucky

Based Ridgewell 1944 – 24 June 1944

Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

Ditched channel RTD 30 miles W of Jersey 8 June 1944

Mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD

Died Valleres-le-Hay 24 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; MACR 6534

Buried Valleres-le-Hay 25 June 1944

Interred
Valleres-le-Hay

Buried Williamsburg Cemetery Williamsburg, Clermont County, OH April 1949

Re-Interred
Williamsburg Cemetery
Williamsburg, Clermont County, OH

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2019 16:20:36 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28991824
https://www.fold3.com/image/319404769
https://www.fold3.com/record/84187782-richard-l-kellum
https://www.fold3.com/page/638386580-richard-l-kellum
https://www.fold3.com/image/114428164?rec=114428196
https://www.fold3.com/image/310762510?rec=299337257
https://nara-media-001.s3.amazonaws.com/arcmedia/nw/305270/EE-1744.pdf
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/130187986/richard-l_-kellum

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999, MACR 6534 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6534 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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