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1LT Edward Thomas Kelly

Death 27 Apr 1945 (aged 25–26)
Amarillo, Potter County, Texas, USA
Burial Dansville, Livingston County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 75405820 · View Source
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Son of William F. Kelly (1873-1949) & Agnes Coultry Kelly (1887-1971).

Edward served as a First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

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

C-46D #44-77706 departed Sedalia Army Air Force Base on a personnel ferry flight to San Antonio-Brooks Field. It took off on a visual clearance but encountered instrument weather conditions en route. The pilot decided to continue on instruments at an altitude of 6000 feet. The airplane descended until it crashed in a canyon 25 miles South Southeast of Claude, Texas during the war.

There was a crew of 5 serving on this C-46. There were 6 passengers. It is unclear if Edward was a crew member or passenger.

Edward died in the "Line Of Duty" in this crash.

Service # O-400677

Airmen who perished on C-46D #44-77706:

Anderson, Thomas G ~ FO, TX
Crow, Ernest F, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, TX
Curran, Henry V ~ Sgt, RI
Entres, Paul J ~ 2nd Lt, OH
Faulkner, Forrest M ~ 2nd Lt, TX
Gildersleeve, Richard A ~ 2nd Lt, MA
Gray, Robert A ~ 2nd Lt, WI
Kelly, Edward T ~ 1st Lt, NY
Middleton, Brown G, Jr ~ Capt, MS
Shields, Edward J, Jr ~ Cpl, TX
Smith, Hollis K ~ FO, MN

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

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Dansville Breeze - Tuesday May 1, 1945

First Lieutenant Edward Thomas Kelly, 25 year old son of Vice Mayor and Mrs. William F. Kelly, was killed in a crash at Claude, Texas Friday. He was on a routine flight from Sedalia Army Airfield, Warrensburg, Mo to San Antonio Texas.

A 1937 graduate of Dansville Central High School, Lieutenant Kelly was a junior in the school of agriculture at Cornell University when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in January of 1940.

He received his primary training at Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was advanced to Randolph Field, Texas and transferred to Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas from which he received his wings in November 1940. For some time he served as flight instructor at Kelly Field and was then sent to Elmira, NY for glider pilot training receiving his gliding license in September 1941.

Lieutenant Kelly was stationed at Lampasas Texas, Lubbock Texas; Pampa Texas and Waco, Texas as an instructor.

In January 1943 he entered from the U.S. Army-Navy engine training school of Pratt & Whitney at Hartford, Conn and completed the course in March.

In May 1943 he was assigned to India where he acted as instructor in a Chinese aviation school, until January 1944 when he returned to the Untied States for hospitalization for injuries received in India. Upon his recovery he was stationed at Secdalia Army Air Field in Missouri from which he made his late flight.

Surviving besides his parents are two brothers and two sisters.

Article found by:
Anne Cady


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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 24 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 75405820
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Edward Thomas Kelly (1919–27 Apr 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 75405820, citing Holy Cross Cemetery, Dansville, Livingston County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .