KENNEY, RAY, Staff Sergeant, # 19010695

 

Ray Kenney was born in 1921 in Colorado to Robert B Kenney (1891-1967) and Edna May (Morgan) Kenney (1896-1982). Siblings included Robert B Kenney, Jr. (1923-2004) and Beverly Jeanne Kenney (1927-2000). In 1940, they were living in West Center, Saguache, Colorado. In 1942, they were living in San Diego, California. His father and mother died in San Diego.

 

He enlisted 3 January 1941 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was residing in Twin Falls, Idaho, at the time. He was a little over 5’8” and weighed 143 lbs. Trained to assist in other roles and as a gunner, he was sent overseas. The bomber and crew were assigned to the 7th Bombardment Group, 436th Bombardment Squadron. He was working hard to assist others and as a gunner manning a .50 caliber machine gun. It was last sighted by 1stLt Robert J. Clarke, 0-431388, 1stLt Robert G. Brittenbach, 0-659652, and 1stLt Henry W. Gilmer, Jr., 0-440853. 1stLt Clarke wrote, “It was last seen in formation with five other bombers entering a cloud bank. After fifteen minutes, the formation broke into the clear and only five aircraft could be accounted for. After another fifteen minutes, a crew hear, “Any B-24D for Help.” The call was answered but received no reply. An enemy fighter, type I45 (Kawasaki Toryu, for “Dragon Slayer,” allied name “Nick”), made an attack on a plane in the formation (not the missing bomber) and this was included to show there were enemy aircraft nearby.” Two search missions were flown. Called off because of poor weather. The bomber did not emerge from clouds with the other five on the mission. Enemy fighters were seen in the area; one attacked one of the B-24s. The bomber was not found. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple Heart.

THOMAS, ROBERT PARKER, Staff Sergeant, # 13002777, USAAF

 

Robert P. Thomas was born 4 July 1919, in Indiana, Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Robert Lee Thomas (1883-1977) and Edna C. (Weiss) Thomas (1896-1978). He had several siblings, including Ashley Ida Thomas (1914-1981), Hattie Bernice Thomas (1915-1916), Earl Henry Thomas (1917-1951), William Burnell Thomas (1922-1999), and Olive Beatrice Thomas (1925-1931).

 

He enlisted 16 August 1940 in Indiana, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and was described as 5’6” and 130 lbs. Trained to assist in other roles and as a gunner, he was sent overseas. The bomber and crew were assigned to the 7th Bombardment Group, 436th Bombardment Squadron. He was working hard to assist others and as a gunner manning a .50 caliber machine gun. It was last sighted by 1stLt Robert J. Clarke, 0-431388, 1stLt Robert G. Brittenbach, 0-659652, and 1stLt Henry W. Gilmer, Jr., 0-440853. 1stLt Clarke wrote, “It was last seen in formation with five other bombers entering a cloud bank. After fifteen minutes, the formation broke into the clear and only five aircraft could be accounted for. After another fifteen minutes, a crew hear, “Any B-24D for Help.” The call was answered but received no reply. An enemy fighter, type I45 (Kawasaki Toryu, for “Dragon Slayer,” allied name “Nick”), made an attack on a plane in the formation (not the missing bomber) and this was included to show there were enemy aircraft nearby.” Two search missions were flown. Called off because of poor weather. The bomber did not emerge from clouds with the other five on the mission. Enemy fighters were seen in the area; one attacked one of the B-24s. The bomber was not found. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple Heart. The family lived 297 Oak Street, Indiana, Pennsylvania.  The family placed a memorial marker in the Oakland Cemetery.