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Edward Arthur Kelley


Edward Arthur Kelley was the son of Charles and Susan Kelley, and the brother of Thomas Kelley. He was born 16 Jul 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 2 Nov 1942. He was assigned to the 320th Bombardment Group and was killed in action over Rovereto, Italy, on 5 Nov 1944, during a railroad fill mission. "...Battle No. 26 was hit by enemy aircraft attack on the breakaway from the target. It dropped out of formation. Wheels were seen to go down. It nosed up sharply and then spun to the ground, crashing at A-6909 at 11:34 hours. No fire, no explosion, or chutes were seen" (Mission 396, 320th BG Website).

Edward's body was recovered and identified in 1949, and sent home to St. Louis, where he was buried on 7 Mar 1949 in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.


Units served with

  • 320th Bomb Group

    320th Bomb Group

    Constituted as 320th Bombardment Group (Medium) on 19 June 1942. ...


Event Location Date
Born St Louis, Missouri, USA 11 July 1916
Enlisted Jefferson Barracks, St Louis, Missouri, USA 2 November 1942
Died Rovereto, Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy 5 November 1944

Shot down over Rovereto, Italy, in 42-101532 with the rest of the crew on a Rovereto Railroad Fill mission. No survivors.


Date Contributor Update
28 March 2019 03:23:18 AllysonKropp Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events and unit associations