SSGT James J Kenrick

SSGT James J Kenrick

Birth
New York, USA
Death 15 Aug 1944 (aged 24–25)
Italy
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot SECTION 79 SITE 319-321
Memorial ID 44852545 · View Source
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Son of Mrs. Margaret Kenrick who resided in Long Island, New York.

James served as a Staff Sergeant & Gunner on B-24 #44-41086, 513th Bomber Squadron, 376th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in New York County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a Private on February 26, 1943 at NASHVILLE AC FACILITIES TENNESSEE. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Stock Clerk and also as Single, without dependents.

He was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant on August 4, 1944.

James was "Killed In Action" when his B-24 exploded after take-off for an unknown reason in San Pancrazio, Italy.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred in the U.S. Cemetery, Bari, Italy and was later repatriated here on December 5, 1949.

Service # 12120904

The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldiers & sailors were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.

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Airmen who perished on B-24 #44-41086

Accola, Roy A ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, CO
Austin, Dillard D ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, MI
Beach, Kenneth R ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, WY
Bunker, Allen J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, WI
Bunting, Henry S ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, KN
Chapman, Lyle C ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, ND
Freedman, Charles ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, PA
Kenrick, James J ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, NY
Kinzie, Raymond J ~ T/Sgt, Engineer,
O'Hern, Edward R ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, OH
Rimerman, Franklin R ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, IL

It is unknown why records show "two" Navigator's on this B-24. Since 2nd Lt. Bunting is shown as the normally assigned Navigator for this crew is it believed that 1st Lt. Freedman volunteered for this mission to get "flying points" towards a trip home. This was not "unusual" during World War II.

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to:
ShaneO for submitting this record for bio updates!

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  • Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 27 Nov 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 44852545
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT James J Kenrick (1919–15 Aug 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44852545, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by ShaneO (contributor 47009366) .