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Thomas Kelly

Military

Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30272 'Fritz Blitz' 10-Oct-43; shot down, baled out Haakbergen, Holland, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1118

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Eldon Broman

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Shot down 10-Oct-43 in B-17 42-30272 'Fritz Blitz', Prisoner of War (POW) - MACR 1118. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), POW, PH, 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. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 335th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30181 'Herky Jerky II' 'Lover Boy'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24-Apr-43; Smoky Hill 5-May-43; Kearney 29-May-43; Atlanta 2-Jun-43; Dow Field 16-Jun-43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-X] Framlingham 19-Jun-43 HERKY JERKY II; Horham 15-Jun-43; with force landed Framlingham AF 10-Oct-43 with Pilot R.E....

  • 42-30218 'Heavenly Daze', Dolly

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/4/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Tinker 25/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/5/43; Dow Fd 6/6/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-W] Horham 15/6/43; (23m), Missing in Action Emden 11/12/43 with Bob Beatty, Navigator: Dave Goss, Bombardier: Joe Forand, Radio...

  • 42-30226 'Spook V'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/4/43; Gore 14/5/43; Kearney 27/5/43; Tinker 1/6/43; Dow Fd 6/6/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-L] Horham 15/6/43; 36m, Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Jim Higgins, Navigator: Don Gallagher, Bombardier: Vern Archibald, Flight...

  • 42-30255 'Lonesome Polecat II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Tinker 25/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/5/43; Dow Fd 31/5/43; Assigned 351BG Polebrook 10/6/43; transferred 412BS/95BG [QW-V] Horham 16/6/43; battle damage on 13/11/43 Ball turret gunner: E.J. Castona (wia), Tail...

  • 42-30272 'Fritz Blitz'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/5/43; Gore 8/5/43; Smoky Hill 17/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-U] Horham 15/6/43; Missing in Action (21m) Munster 10/10/43 with Eldon Broman, Co-pilot: John Chaffin, Navigator: Bill Fowler, Bombardier: Paul Guiteras...

  • 42-30273 'PATSY ANN III'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/5/43; Gore 8/5/43; Cheyenne 20/5/43; Smoky Hill 25/5/43; Kearney 27/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 16/6/43; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-F] Horham 17/6/43; with R.C. Cozens force landed RAF St Eval 28/6/43; Missing in...

  • 42-3226 Little Chuck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Dow 23/5/43; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-S] Ridgewell 25/5/43 with Lt Col Leland Fiegel, Capt Art Briggs, Lt Clayton Greenwood eng/off, Maj Garfield Schnabel medic, Lt Carey Ballew (statn/off, M/Sgt Jim Hatton Ass/eng, M/Sgt...

  • 42-3497

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/7/43; Gore Fd 15/8/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-O] Horham 8/9/43; 5m, Missing in Action Munster 10/10/43 with Lionel Correia, Co-pilot: Don Dunhaver, Navigator: Richard Coffey, Bombardier: Frederick Davis, Flight engineer/top turret...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 70

    29 June 1943
    1st Bomb Wing despatches two formations: one has the air depot at Villacoublay, France as their primary; and one has the Luftwaffe airfield at Tricqueville, France as their primary. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 71

    4 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Le Mans and Nantes, France and the lock gates and harbour facilities at La Pallice, France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is comprised of three elements: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 73

    14 July 1943
    The German air depot at Villacoublay, France and the German airfields Amiens/Glisy and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. These attacks are made by three separate elements: 116 B-17s are despatched from 92BG (15);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 74

    17 July 1943
    The railroad industry at Hannover, Germany and the aircraft industry at Hamburg, Germany were the intended targets for this mission but weather caused the mission to be cancelled. The element sent to Hannover was a combined force of 207 B-17s from:...

  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 80

    30 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Kassel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is flown by two elements of B-17s which attack 15 minutes apart. The firts element is a combined force of 119 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 303BG (23); 351BG (21);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 82

    15 August 1943
    German airfields in Holland and France are the targets for this mission. All of the attacks were made late in the afternoon just prior to sunset. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 180 B-17s from: 91BG (20...

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 86

    24 August 1943
    The 8th Air Force is intent on dishing out some "pay back" to the Luftwaffe for the toll it took on bombers of the 17-Aug-43 mission to Schweinfurt/Regensburg. So, This mission has three attack elements and a diversion element. The attack elements are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 88

    31 August 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 170 B-17s from: 91BG (16); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (19); and 384BG (18). The primary target for this element is German...

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

  • Stalag XVII-B

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Salmon City, ID 22 January 1920
95th BG Combat Tour Horham Airfield, UK 29 June 1943 – 1 October 1944

Shot down on his 23rd mission

Shot Down/Captured Haaksbergen, Netherlands 10 October 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Munster in B-17 42-30272 'Fritz Blitz' 10-Oct-43; shot down, baled out Haakbergen, Holland, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1118

Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag 17B, Krems/Gneixendorf, Austria 16 October 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag XVIIb.

Died Douglas County, OR 30 May 1997
Buried Willamette National Cemetery Portland, Multnomah County, OR 2 June 1997

Willamette National Cemetery
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Plot
Z, 0, 385

Enlisted Boise, ID

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2021 18:20:57 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28608279
https://www.fold3.com/record/91247267/thomas-kelly-wwii-army-enlistment-...
https://www.fold3.com/record/702022913/kelly-thomas-u-s-wwii-hospital-ad...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/867922/thomas-kelly

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2020 21:20:58 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2020 01:50:49 decwriter Changes to highest rank and awards
Sources

NARA files verified DFC and AM w/3 oak leaf clusters.

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2020 01:19:13 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://aad.archives.gov/aad/display-partial-records.jsp?dt=466&sc=11675...
https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/3515
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=12810075...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1118 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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