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Sgt John F "Jack" Kennedy
Birth: Sep. 6, 1923
Miami County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jun. 10, 1943
Siskiyou County
California, USA

34th BG, 7th B Sq

He was the youngest son of Joseph and Edith H (Kroeger) Kennedy. His brother was Lt Joseph B Kennedy, Jr. He enlisted 15 Oct 1942 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana.

He achieved the rating of Staff Seargent after only eight months. As a Gunner, he was killed when B-24E #42-7119 crashed on a nighttime training mission due to mechanical failure on 10 Jun 1943 over Weed, Siskiyou County, California.

The crew members were~

2nd LT Alfred J Demeusy, ASN O-794542, Pilot, from Oakdale NY, Bailed Out
FO George F Churchwell, Jr, ASN T-60915, CoPilot, from Leakesville MS, DNB
1st LT Douglas J Thornburg, ASN O-439091, Instructor Pilot, from Casa Grande AZ, Bailed Out
2nd LT George H Clarke, ASN O-798071, Navigator, from Cooperstown NY, DNB
2nd LT Charles L Wiest, ASN O-736742, Bombardier, from Baltimore MD, Bailed Out
SSGT Willet F Draker, ASN 35329411, Engineer, from Ft Wayne IN, DNB
SSGT William W Powell, Jr, ASN 18117310, Engineer, from Houston TX, DNB
SSGT Alvin Dschaak, ASN 39610191, Radio Operator, from Beulah ND, Bailed Out
SSGT Alonzia E Johnston, Jr, ASN 15323452, Gunner, from Canton OH, DNB
SSGT John F Kennedy, ASN 15333120, Gunner, from Peru IN, DNB

The crew is listed here in the virtual cemetery for B-24E #42-7119.

Lt Thornburg, along with his crew, died three weeks later on 06 Jul 1943 in B-24E #42-7160 while on a search and rescue mission for two airmen that bailed out over the Pacific in B-24E #42-7011 'The Eddie Rickenbacker' Major Thorel 'Skip' Johnson's Crew. While on a combat mission over interior China to Bangkok, Thailand, this crew also bailed out of B-24J #42-72835 'Flamingo II' of the 308th BG, 373rd B Sq, although there were several different crew members on board that day. All bailed out safely, however, Pilot Major Thorel 'Skip' Johnson reported that they 'were twenty-one days walking back to [their] base'.

The crash of B-24E #42-7160 and the site was more recently visited and documented by aviation archaeologist and wreckfinder G Pat Macha of

Sgt Alvin Dschaak was killed later in December 1943 in B-24J #42-73428 ‘Big Nig'; he and 8 others were KIA, there was one survivor, SSgt Robert Renner, who was captured and taken as a POW.

Lt Charles L Wiest and his crew was shot down over Germany on 8 April 1944 in B-24J #42-73506 'Black Jack'; Lt Wiest and 8 other crewman survived and became POWs, however the Pilot, Lt Guy Johnson was killed on the ground.


He is buried along with his parents and his older brother, 1st Lt Joseph B. Kennedy, U S Army, who was serving in Guadalcanal in WWII at the time of Jack's death.
Family links: 
  Joseph Kennedy (1887 - 1979)
  Edith Kennedy (1898 - 1984)
  Joseph B. Kennedy (1917 - 1992)*
  John F Kennedy (1923 - 1943)
*Calculated relationship
Saint Charles Catholic Cemetery
Miami County
Indiana, USA
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Originally Created by: Rickey Bellamy
Record added: Feb 24, 2009
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