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Robert H Kelly


Shot down 28 April 1944 in B-17 #42-107024. Killed in Action (KIA).



Units served with

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 350th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107024

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 31/1/44; Gr Island 25/2/44; Presque Is 2/3/44; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-B] Thorpe Abbotts 6/3/44; Missing in Action Sottevast 28/4/44 with Col Bob Kelly [Gp CO], Co-pilot: Capt Bill Lakin, Navigator: Capt Joe Payne, Flight engineer/top...

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...


Event Location Date
Born Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) France 28 April 1944
Died 28 April 1944


Date Contributor Update
26 February 2020 15:51:40 Emily Changes to role, unit associations and place associations

100th Bomb Group Unit History at Bangor Public Library

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2020 02:46:14 jmoore43 Changes to service number

Added S/N per MACR 4234 at

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2020 17:43:14 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:32 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4234 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database