He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet (enlisted # 11023958) with three years of college, in Manchester, New Hampshire, on 27 September 1941. He was trained extensively as a pilot and was rated for multi-engine aircraft. He earned his commission and pilot wings. On 8 May 1944 a B24J, # 42-73302, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 9th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pandaveswar, India, on a single aircraft night mine dropping mission in the Gulf of Siam (Thailand). Visibility was 20 to 30 miles. There was no contact by radio and no visual contact by otheraircraft. Major Kellogg was the 9th Bomb Squadron commander. Maj. Kellogg survived the crash but, was captured and imprisoned by the Japanese as a POW. He was a POW in a Bangkok Internment POW Camp and liberated about 2 July 1945. At his interview about the crash and crew members, he had been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. He died on 23 May 1989 in Edmonds, Snohomish County, Washington.

GAVRITY, MICHAEL WILLIAM, First Lieutenant, # 0-797666, USAAF

 

Michael W. Gavrity was born 17 June 1921 in New York to Peter M. Gavrity (1890-1948) (Yugosla-via) and Mary Anna (Stulo) Gavrity (1888-1962) (Chechoslovakia) (married 28 April 1916). Siblings included John Gavrity (1909-1987) (Chechoslovkia), Joseph Gavrity (1913-1984), Anna Ruth (Gavrity) Ackett (1916-    ), Peter Gavrity Jr. (1917-1972), Mary (Gavrity) Reba (1924-    ) and Donald Joseph Gavrity (1926-2000).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Baltimore, Maryland, on 24 March 1942. He was trained extensively as a B-24 pilot and rated for multi-engine aircraft. He earned his commission and Pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 8 May 1944 a B24J, # 42-73302, assigned to 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 9th Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Pandaveswar, India, on a single aircraft night mine dropping mission in the Gulf of Siam (Thailand). Visibility was 20 to 30 miles. There was no contact by radio and no visual contact by otheraircraft. Major Kellogg was the 9th Bomb Squadron commander. Major Kellogg believed Garrity had been hit by flak shrapnel. He died in the crash and his body was recovered by the enemy and buried in the naval base cemetery at Sattahieb, Siam (Thailand). The family placed a marker in the Saint Peters Cemetery, West New Brighton, New York.

1stLt Gavrity and a crew