SSGT Camillous Felder “Bill” Kirkpatrick

SSGT Camillous Felder “Bill” Kirkpatrick

Mississippi, USA
Death 28 Jul 1945 (aged 22)
Burial Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi, USA
Memorial ID 59722293 · View Source
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Husband of Annelle H. Kirkpatrick who resided in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Camillous served as a Staff Sergeant & Nose Gunner on B-24J "Taloa" #44-40716, 866th Bomber Squadron, 494th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Coahoma County, Mississippi prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 5, 1943 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Office Clerk and also as Married.

B-24J "Taloa" #44-40716 took off with other B-24's from Yontan Airfield on Okinawa on a bombing mission to strike the Japanese Battleship Haruna docked in the Kure Harbor in Hiroshima Bay, Japan. Kure Habor was known by the Japanese as the Imperial Navy's Harbor.

Their bombing mission was successful and the Haruna was sunk in the harbor. B-24J #44-40716 was, however, hit multiple times by ground anti-aircraft flak and ended up crashing just north of Kure Harbor. Eyewitness saw at least two parachutes leaving the B-24 before it crashed.

Five of the crew members survived the crash and became POW's. They were Captain Marvin, 1st Lt. Flanagan, 2nd Lt. Johnson, S/Sgt Baumgartner and S/Sgt Molnar.

2nd Lt. Johnson was taken to the Tokyo POW Camp and survived the war. He was the only member of the crew that survived the war.

Capt. Marvin and 1st Lt. Flanagan both died on the day of the crash possibly from wounds received in the crash.

S/Sgt's Baumgartner & Molnar were taken to the Chugoku Military Police Headquarters Kempi Tai in Hiroshima. They both died on August 6, 1945 when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

S/Sgt Camillous F. Kirkpatrick was "Killed In Action" in the above noted crash during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred in the Jokohoma Cemetery No. 1, Japan and was later repatriated here on July 14, 1949.

Service # 34625126

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Airmen who perished from B-24J # 44-40716:

Allison, Charles R ~ S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, IL
Baumgartner, Charles O ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, OH
Bushfield, David A ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, NY
Dubinsky, Joseph ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, PA
Falls, Lawrence A, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, DC
Flanagin, Rudolph C ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, TX
Kirkpatrick, Camillous F ~ S/Sgt, Nose Gunner, MS
Marvin, Donald F ~ Capt, Relief Pilot, OH
Molnar, Julius ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, MI
Piskor, Walter ~ T/Sgt, Engineer, CT

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Survivor from B-24J # 44-40716:

Johnson, Robert C ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, KS

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Note: B-24J "Lonesome Lady" #44-40680 also crashed during this bombing mission. For more on that crew see:

Neal, Ralph J ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, KY

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


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Camillous Felder “Bill” Kirkpatrick (3 Jul 1923–28 Jul 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 59722293, citing Vicksburg National Cemetery, Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .