KEVIN GELSHENEN RAFFERTY spent three years on the Hill before proceeding to Yale in the autumn of 1934. While at Andover he was a Varsity Football player and an outstanding hurdler on the Track team. Many a classmate of his day will remember Kevin's characteristic kindness and generosity, and particularly his ability and charm in bringing the quiet lad into the circle of companionship.
In October 1940 he resigned his position at the Central Hanover Bank of New York to enlist as Aviation Cadet in the Air Corps, and reported for active duty at Glenview, Illinois, on January 1, 1941.
Commissioned Second Lieutenant in August 1941, at Selma, Alabama, he remained as Instructor in pursuit planes, winning promotions to Captain while serving as Instructor at Maxwell Field, Alabama, and at Randolph Field, Texas.
In August 1944 he went overseas to England as a Pursuit Pilot of P-51s with the Eighth Air Force. A week or two later his unit went to France to participate in the drive across Europe into Germany. No details of his death are available beyond the information that on his fifth or sixth combat mission he was shot down in the vicinity of Marburg, Germany, on September 11, 1944.
Entered the service from Connecticut.