Clifford was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Forces 338th Bomber Squadron, 96th Bomber Group, Heavy. Service # 12079474. He entered the Service from New York.
He was part of the crew of the "Gloria Ann" B-17 #42-30401. Of the ten crew members, only three men were ever recovered.He was the son of Florance Clifford and Mabel Goodrich Kinney. He enlisted in the Air Forces, April 1942.He was a Flying Fortress ball turret gunner and assistant radio operator and was rated an expert gunner.Clifford was awarded a Purple Heart Medal and Air Force Medal June 26, 1943 after the following press release:In a public relations release dated May 29, 1943 (almost 2 months previous, to the day Clifford was classified as MIA), the following account was given:S/Sgt. Walter McCloskey told of the bravery of S/Sgt. Clifford Kinney, 22, of Schuyler Lake, New York, another member of Lt. Hettrick's crew, who continued to fight and pour out streams of lead in the direction of the attacks, despite the fact that his left eye had been injured by flying glass caused by a bullet through the ball turret.This information comes from the Eighth Air Force, 96th Bombardment Group (H) 338th Bombardment Squadron (H), Organizational Diary (internal government documents).On January 30, 1944, Clifford's mother, Mabel, was given his awards at an informal ceremony. The awards included the Air Medal and Oak Leaf Cluster. Presentation of the awards were made by Maj. Thomas M. Nial, commanding officer of Air Service Command's Syracuse (NY) base. Capt. Rialto Philleo read the citation making the award. Clifford's father was also present at the ceremony. After a formal investigation, he was classified as MIA over the North Sea, July 28, 1943 and it was determined that his remains were non-recoverable.
S/SGT. USAAC 338th bomb squadron 96th bomber. Clifford was part of the crew of the "Gloria Ann" B-17 #42-30401. Of the ten crew members, only three men were ever recovered.SSgt. Clifford Wilson Kinney was born November 14, 1920 in Otsego Co., NY, the son ...(Read more) -
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