Melvin Lee Kinney

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Melvin Lee Kinney

Kansas, USA
Death 27 Aug 1943 (aged 21)
Burial Boulder, Boulder County, Colorado, USA
Memorial ID 11108081 · View Source
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Melvin is the son of Lee W. and Nettie M. Kinney. He has siblings; Arlene Yvonne and Willis Gene Kinney.
Boulder Daily Camera, Sept. 20, 1943

Melvin Kinney Reported Killed In Action, Aug. 27

Mr. and Mrs. Lee W. Kinney of 1515 Ninth street, received the sad news today that their son, Lt. Melvin Kinney, previously reported missing Aug. 27, had been killed in action.

The message came from the war department in Washington D.C., and gave no particulars. Lt. Kinney was in the South Pacific. He was originally a member of Company F of Boulder, but transferred out of it at Camp Barkeley, Tex., and was one of the first of the many fine boys contributed by it to the air corps, to receive a commission.

Commissioned at Lake Charles, La., Jan 14, he was assigned to the army air corps transport service and received additional training at Del Valle, Tex., Victorville, Calif., and Lawson Field, Ga., before leaving overseas.

Lt. Kinney's father is an employee of the Public Service company at Valmont. Another son, Willis, is in the U.S. Marine Corps. and is at present at Norman, Okla.

A sister of Lieut. Kinney, is in Community hospital where a baby was born to her and her husband, Lieut. Otto H. Hinds, Jr., on Sunday. Lieut. Hinds is in the air corps at LaJunta.
Note: Otto Hinds died 20 July 1944:

The aircraft in this incident was B-17G #42-97580, unnamed, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 5444 applies, and identifies the crew as:

2 Lt Francis A. DiDonizio p
2 Lt Otto H. Hinds c-p
2 Lt Jerome M. Cohen nav
2 Lt Charles L. Wensley bomb
Sgt William M. Lessere eng/tt gun
SSgt George A. Bertuzzi r/o
Sgt Richard J. Adam btg
Sgt Lester F. Paterson wg
Cpl Harold G. Swensen tail gun
SSgt Jimmie G. O'Leary photographer

Sgts Adam and Paterson were KIA; Lt Hinds died in partisan hospital; Lt DiDonizio and Sgt Benuzzi were captured; remainder were returned by partisans.

One of the POW crewmen later related that Lt Hinds stayed at the controls, steadying the aircraft long enough for the rest of the crew to bail out. Then, in his struggle to leave, he opened his parachute accidentally. According to reports, he jumped with his chute bundled in his arms, and released it after he was clear of the plane. Because he jumped at under 1,000 feet, the chute never opened properly, severely injuring him upon landing. These are the wounds he died from after four months in the partisan's hospital

Otto Hinds is the spouse of Arlene Kinney Hinds, sister of Willis Gene Kinney and sister of Melvin Kinney who also died in WWII.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Melvin Lee Kinney (8 Aug 1922–27 Aug 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 11108081, citing Green Mountain Cemetery, Boulder, Boulder County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Ancestor Hunter (contributor 47458402) .