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George L Kelsey


On 3-Jan-43 in B-24D 41-23806 "Bat out of Hell" while serving as Waist Gunner her was injured when the aircraft crash-landed near Haverfordwest when it ran out of fuel returning from a mission the St. Nazaire, France

DS/Bengahzi 26-Jun-43. Returned to base 26-Aug-43. DS/Tunis 16-Sep-43. Returned to base 12-Oct-43.

Shot down 18 November 1943 in B-24D 42-63971 'Helen Hywater' Plane landed at Orebro Sweden. Interned. Rejoined Sqd 1-Sep-44.

Me 109 destroyed 13-Aug-43, Me 109 destroyed 16-Aug-43, Me 109 2 destroyed 1-Oct-43.


Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-63971 Helen Hywater

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-23806 Bat out of Hell

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D 41-23806 "Bat out of Hell" was assigned to 44BG/68BS at Shipdham, UK. The aircraft was despatched 3-Jan-43 on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. Aircraft returned to England but ran out of fuel and crashed south-west of...


  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

  • VIII Bomber Command 132

    18 November 1943
    The German airfield of Oslo/Kjeller, Norway is the target for a force of 102 B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division that included: 44BG (34); 93BG (20); 389BG (26); and 392BG (22). 82 aircraft are effective on the target. 9 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 61KIA...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

  • Dreenhill

    Crash site


Event Location Date
Born Bokchito, Oklahoma, USA

Original data drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Webb Todd indicates that he was born in Bennington Oklahoma.

Interned (INT) Örebro, Sweden 18 November 1943 – 9 January 1944

Aboard B-24D 42-63971 aircraft was damaged by flak and pilot decided to land at Orebro, Sweden. Crew interned but returned to England 1-Sep-44.


Date Contributor Update
11 February 2015 10:32:04 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

Inclusion of additional birthplace information.

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2015 22:25:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography

Lee Cunningham 5-Feb-2015. Converted dates for aircraft victories to military-style signification.

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2015 22:22:18 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 5-Feb-2015. Made connections to Place, 2 AIrcraft and 2 Missions within existing website data; Edited Biography and converted dates to military-style signification, changes per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:02 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1377 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Webb Todd, MACR 1377