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William K Kelley

Military

Service

Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 549th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31395 Raggedy Ann

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/10/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-W] Gt Ashfield 1/1/44; force landed with Horr, Salvaged n/battle damaged 6/5/45. RAGGEDY ANN.

  • 42-97079 Dozy Doats

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/1/44; Kearney 18/2/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-B] Gt Ashfield 3/3/44; Missing in Action Berlin 6/10/44 with Everett Isaacson, Filbert Dye, Howard Ryan, Bill Ligon, Joe Mandarano (5 Killed in Action); Warren Story, Don McQuade,...

  • 43-37803 Hell's Belles

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/44; Kearney 2/6/44; Grenier 17/6/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-R] Gt Ashfield 20/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 43-37919 Rio Tinto

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/6/44; Kearney 19/6/44; Grenier 30/6/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG Gt Ashfield 2/7/44; 5m battle damaged Merseburg 25/11/44 with ?; force landed Aermee, Ger?; Salvaged 16/12/44.

  • 43-38233 Sweet and Lovely

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/7/44; Kearney 19/7/44; Dow Fd 1/8/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA- ] Gt Ashfield 5/8/44; on mission 27/9/44 with W.K. Kelley (8 Returned to Duty); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Carl Gielow (Killed in Action)), p landed in...

  • 43-38443

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/8/44; Hunter 12/8/44; Dow Fd 7/9/44; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-F] Gt Ashfield 11/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 30/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA...

  • 43-38464

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/8/44; Hunter 15/8/44; Grenier 3/9/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-N] Gt Ashfield 11/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 25/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 25/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 43-38700

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Patterson 5/9/44; Hunter 20/9/44; Dow Fd 25/9/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [SG- ] Gt Ashfield 28/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 29/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 43-38743

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 16/9/44; Grenier 27/9/44; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-C] Gt Ashfield 1/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 25/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 27/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 16...

  • 44-6569 Flying Vixen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 8/9/44; Dow Fd 25/9/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-G] Gt Ashfield 10/11/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; Sth Plains 28/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 27/11/45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 August 2018 11:51:18 general ira snapsorter Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, role, unit associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

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