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1LT Robert Kelly Flynn

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1LT Robert Kelly Flynn

Birth
Ord, Valley County, Nebraska, USA
Death
15 Feb 1943 (aged 27)
Burial
Blair, Washington County, Nebraska, USA
Plot
Block: 109 Lot: 2 Grave: 6
Memorial ID
80064158 View Source

Died in World War Robert

The VFW Post in Blair, NE, is named Hain-Flynn, after Washington County's first WWI casualty, Stanley E. Hain, and this man, Robert Kelly Flynn, the first WWII casualty.
- MrsB
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From the Palmer Journal, February 25, 1943, page 1, transcribed by Linda Berney:

Lieut. Robert Kelly Flynn, 26, who last week received the air medal for meritorious service with the United States Army Air Corps is dead, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Flynn, were notified last night.

Lieut. Flynn was stationed in England.

Robert was a grandson of Mrs. Isabel Harris of Palmer and nephew of Miner Harris. He had visited Palmer many times. He was a typical Nebraska farm boy who left his farming and dairy work in the summer of 1941 to train for the air corps. He was a bombardier on a B-24

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From the Palmer Journal, March 4, 1943, page 1, transcribed by Linda Berney:

A memorial service sponsored by the American Legion of Blair, was conducted in the Blair Methodist Church last Sunday afternoon in honor of Lieutenant Robert Kelly Flynn, who was the first Washington county boy to lose his life in the present war.

Mrs. Isabel Harris and Miner of Palmer, and Mr. and Mrs. Emil Harris and Shirley of Hastings were among the relatives who attended the services. A number of relatives from Valley county and elsewhere in Nebraska and Iowa were also present.

No details of Lt. Flynn's death were available, although it was known that for several months he had been in active combat with the enemy as a bombardier, and perhaps co-pilot, on a B-24 plane, based in England. He was killed in action on February 15th. A few days prior to that he had received an air medal for meritorious work in action against the Nazis. Not until after his death did his people know that he had been advanced to the rank of First Lieutenant. Although censorship prevented revealing his activities, by comparing dates in his letters with (sic, apparently a line left out) ascertained that he had taken part in some of the most daring and successful raids thus far staged on the big industrial cities of Germany.

The memorial services were very impressive and appropriate, and the whole-hearted sympathy of the entire community was very evident.

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From the Palmer Journal, May 13, 1943, page 8, transcribed by Linda Berney:

Relatives of Lt. Robert Flynn of Blair who lost his life in Europe February 15, have received word from a member of his bombing crew telling some of the details of his death. The B-24 bomber had been badly crippled by German anti-aircraft fire, and the pilot, fearing a "bad landing" told the other crew members that they might parachute if they wished. In some manner Bob was injured in the parachute jump. He was rescued from the sea unconscious with a bad head injury, and never regained consciousness. Whether he was injured by striking his head on some part of the plane in jumping or in some other way is not known. He is buried temporarily in Brookfield cemetery near London.

Died in World War Robert

The VFW Post in Blair, NE, is named Hain-Flynn, after Washington County's first WWI casualty, Stanley E. Hain, and this man, Robert Kelly Flynn, the first WWII casualty.
- MrsB
----
From the Palmer Journal, February 25, 1943, page 1, transcribed by Linda Berney:

Lieut. Robert Kelly Flynn, 26, who last week received the air medal for meritorious service with the United States Army Air Corps is dead, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Flynn, were notified last night.

Lieut. Flynn was stationed in England.

Robert was a grandson of Mrs. Isabel Harris of Palmer and nephew of Miner Harris. He had visited Palmer many times. He was a typical Nebraska farm boy who left his farming and dairy work in the summer of 1941 to train for the air corps. He was a bombardier on a B-24

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From the Palmer Journal, March 4, 1943, page 1, transcribed by Linda Berney:

A memorial service sponsored by the American Legion of Blair, was conducted in the Blair Methodist Church last Sunday afternoon in honor of Lieutenant Robert Kelly Flynn, who was the first Washington county boy to lose his life in the present war.

Mrs. Isabel Harris and Miner of Palmer, and Mr. and Mrs. Emil Harris and Shirley of Hastings were among the relatives who attended the services. A number of relatives from Valley county and elsewhere in Nebraska and Iowa were also present.

No details of Lt. Flynn's death were available, although it was known that for several months he had been in active combat with the enemy as a bombardier, and perhaps co-pilot, on a B-24 plane, based in England. He was killed in action on February 15th. A few days prior to that he had received an air medal for meritorious work in action against the Nazis. Not until after his death did his people know that he had been advanced to the rank of First Lieutenant. Although censorship prevented revealing his activities, by comparing dates in his letters with (sic, apparently a line left out) ascertained that he had taken part in some of the most daring and successful raids thus far staged on the big industrial cities of Germany.

The memorial services were very impressive and appropriate, and the whole-hearted sympathy of the entire community was very evident.

~~~~~

From the Palmer Journal, May 13, 1943, page 8, transcribed by Linda Berney:

Relatives of Lt. Robert Flynn of Blair who lost his life in Europe February 15, have received word from a member of his bombing crew telling some of the details of his death. The B-24 bomber had been badly crippled by German anti-aircraft fire, and the pilot, fearing a "bad landing" told the other crew members that they might parachute if they wished. In some manner Bob was injured in the parachute jump. He was rescued from the sea unconscious with a bad head injury, and never regained consciousness. Whether he was injured by striking his head on some part of the plane in jumping or in some other way is not known. He is buried temporarily in Brookfield cemetery near London.


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