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Ross Albert Tenney
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Birth: Dec. 9, 1919
Casa Grande
Pinal County
Arizona, USA
Death: May 14, 1943
Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Ross Albert Tenney, Life sketch by Horald Arthur Tenney, 16 Mar 1988.
Letter to Mr. & Mrs. William A. Tenney from Lt. Col. L.W. Allen, Dept. of the Army, Office of the Quartermaster General, Washington, D.C., 22 Mar 1950.
Ross Albert Tenney, born in Arizona, moved to California with his parents when he was eleven weeks old.

He attended schools in San Diego, California. He had a good singing voice and was a member of the Glee Club, Choir and Men's Quarter in High School and College. He worked at a dairy to pay his expenses at San Diego State College where he enrolled in ROTC.

When WW II broke out, he became a cadet with the Army Air Force and received his first training at the Ontario Air Force Base in California. He went on to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona for pilot and flight training and in the latter part of 1942 received the rank of Second Lieutenant.

His next post was in Florida where he helped to ferry B-17 bombers to Africa. He received his commission to First Lieutenant and was transferred to England to fly B-24 bombers.

He was the co-pilot aboard a B-24D type aircraft which was on a mission to bomb a submarine base in northern Germany. On 14 May 1943 while still loaded with ammunition, this bomber was hit by German anti-aircraft fire, exploded in mid-air, and crashed near Rendsburg, Germany.

In 1950, the few unidentifiable remains of five of the crew members, including Ross, were reinterred from Germany in a group grave at Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois.
Ross was posthumously awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. 
Family links: 
  William Arthur Tenney (1885 - 1957)
  Amelia Christena Despain/Westover Tenney (1885 - 1978)
  Horald Arthur Tenney (1910 - 1997)*
  Kenneth Westover Tenney (1912 - 2004)*
  Barbara Tenney Shaw (1917 - 2004)*
  Ross Albert Tenney (1919 - 1943)
  Melvin Ammon Tenney (1922 - 1922)*
  Muriel Tenney Price (1923 - 2011)*
*Calculated relationship
1st Lt
Air Corps
Note: World War II
Rock Island National Cemetery
Rock Island
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA
Plot: E, 295-297
Maintained by: Marsha
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
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Ross Albert Tenney
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Ross Albert Tenney
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Ross Albert Tenney
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NARA records list this soldiers Home of Record as San Diego County, California...Finding Of Death...Re-interred on 08/11/1950...Your service and sacrifice must never be forgotten.
- Eric Ackerman
 Added: Sep. 15, 2016

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 Added: Jul. 13, 2016

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