1Lt John William Kehoe

1Lt John William Kehoe

Rotterdam, Schenectady County, New York, USA
Death 25 Dec 1944 (aged 24)
Bad Münstereifel, Kreis Euskirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Burial Hamm, Canton de Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Plot Plot D, Row 2, Grave 4
Memorial ID 55963183 · View Source
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Service # O-758184 1st Lieutenant. 669th Bomber Squadron, 416th Bomber Group, Light
Entered Service from New York
Honours and Awards: Distinguished Service Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
Son of Anna & Hugh Kehoe. Husband of Christine Kehoe (nee Baumgartner)

John W. Kehoe was piloting his Douglas A-26 Invader on a dive-bombing mission over Munstereifel, Germany. His wife, Christine, and his new baby boy, Gary John, awaited his return home.
The A-26 was a twin-engine, ground-attack bomber designed to come in fast and low with a heavy bomb load to attack enemy supply depots or arms factories. A “six-gun nose” in the front of the aircraft contained six .50 caliber machine guns. It required just a two-man crew: a pilot and a gun loader.
John Kehoe was heading straight for the target when his plane was struck by enemy flak. “The right engine of his aircraft began smoking approximately two minutes from the target, and shortly afterward burst into flames, spreading along the fuselage and at time enveloping the canopy,” read a report from the War Department. “Completely disregarding the imminent danger of explosion and with no thought for preserving his own life, he held his position into the target and his bombs were released with telling accuracy. Immediately after bombs away, his aircraft fell from formation and subsequently exploded in midair.”
For his actions that day, John W. Kehoe was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest award in the U.S. Army.

His older brother Joseph also died in the war and is buried alongside him.

(info courtesy of the Brothers in Arms project)

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt John William Kehoe (29 Apr 1920–25 Dec 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 55963183, citing Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, Hamm, Canton de Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg ; Maintained by Woose (contributor 48275987) .