Kelly, Archibald, 1LT

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First Lieutenant
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Last Primary MOS
AAF 1035-Navigator
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF 1035, USAAF 15th Army Air Force
Service Years
1942 - 1944


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Casualty Date
Jul 22, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Great Lakes National Cemetery - Holly, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Sec 1 Site 1124

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USAAF 15th Army Air Force
  1944-1944, AAF 1035, USAAF 15th Army Air Force
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  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
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1st Lt. Archibald Kelly was a navigator in Italy serving with the 415th Bomb Squadron, 98th Bomber Group, Heavy, 15th Army Air Force, Lecce, Italy.

His aircraft, a B-24J tail number 42-64344 "Tangerine", was shot down on 22 July 1944 while on a bombing raid over Ploesti, Romania, near Dubrovnic. Though he parachuted from the aircraft, he struck a rock face on Mt. Snijeznica, and fell. He was was listed as MIA. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 7053.

His remains were not found until 2005 in a shallow grave near the village of Cavtat, Croatia. 8 of the 10 crewmen aboard the aircraft managed to escape and survive the crash. The other fallen was the rear gunner of the aircraft who was recovered, TSgt. David Walsh.

Lt. Kelly was interred in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Michigan, Plot: Sec 1 Site 1124 on 12 May 2007. Home at last.

1st Lt. Frank B. Kish, Jr. (POW), Command Pilot
1st. Lt. Richard F. Chancellor (POW), pilot
1st. Lt. Archibald Kelly (KIA), navigator
2nd Lt. William .K. Alkire (POW), bombardier
TSgt. David. I. Walsh (KIA), gunner
SSgt. Francis J. Ballot (POW), gunner
Sgt. Jon F. Conlon (POW), gunner
Sgt. Paul W. Morris (POW), gunner
Cpl. Anthony C. Hrkach (POW), gunner
Cpl. Ogden R. Lindsley, Jr. (POW), crew chief
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Notes: The Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) is 7053 for this loss. This is the MACR for a B-24J (tail number 42-64344), that went down in the Adriatic. 415th Bomb Squadron, 98th BG. Flown by Richard F. Chancellor .

NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense

May 11, 2007
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Airmen MIssing In Action From WWII is Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

He is 1st Lt. Archibald Kelly, U.S. Army Air Forces, of Detroit, Mich.He will
be buried on May 12 in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Mich.
Representatives from the Army met with Kelly's next-of-kin in his hometown to explain the recovery and identification process and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the Secretary of the Army.

On July 22, 1944, Kelly was the navigator on a B-24J Liberator on a bombing raid of the oil fields at Ploesti, Romania.Returning to Lecce air base in Italy, the plane was struck by enemy anti-aircraft fire and crashed in what is now Croatia, approximately 430 miles southwest of Ploesti.Of the ten crewmen on board, eight survived and bailed out of the aircraft before it crashed.The rear gunner died and his body was later recovered.One of the surviving crewmen saw Kelly bail out before the crash, but said he struck a rocky cliff face when the wind caught his parachute.His body was not found at that time.

After researching information contained in U.S. wartime records, specialists
from DPMO's Joint Commission Support Directorate (JCSD) in 2005 interviewed residents from Dubrovnik and Mihanici village who had information related to WWII aircraft losses in the area.One resident recalled a crash in which one of the crewmen landed on a pile of rocks on Mt. Snijeznica after his parachute failed to open.He said locals buried the individual. Based on witness descriptions of the burial location, the team searched the mountaintop, but was unable to locate the burial site.

Additional JCSD archival research in Croatia confirmed the earlier information
found in U.S. records.In June 2006, the Dubrovnik resident reported to JCSD that he had continued the search and found the grave site of the American
serviceman.He sent pictures of both the site and the remains to DPMO.In
September 2006, a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) team excavated the burial site, confirming with local villagers that it was the same site photographed by the Dubrovnik resident.The team recovered human remains at the

Among other traditional forensic identification tools and circumstantial
evidence, scientists from JPAC also used dental comparisons in the
identification of Kelly's remains.
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