Kelly, Colin Purdie, Jr., CPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 1092-Pilot, B-17
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1941-1941, AAF MOS 1092, USAAF 5th Air Force
Service Years
1937 - 1941

Aviation

Captain


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Home State
Florida
Florida
Year of Birth
1915
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Madison, Florida
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Dec 10, 1941
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Philippines
Conflict
WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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World War II Fallen
  1941, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments
USAAF 5th Air Force
  1941-1941, AAF MOS 1092, USAAF 5th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1933-1937, United States Military Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Captain (Air Corps) Colin Purdie Kelly, Jr., United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 14th Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group (H), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 10 December 1941, near Aparri, Cagayan, Philippine Islands.

With his airplane a focal point of fire from the strong hostile naval forces, Captain Kelly exhibited a high degree of valor and skill in placing three direct hits upon an enemy battleship, resulting in its destruction. En route to his home airfield upon completion of his mission, his airplane was set afire by the attack of two enemy fighters, but Captain Kelly, the last to leave the burning plan was killed in the resulting crash.

The personal courage and zealous devotion to duty displayed by Captain Kelly on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 48 (1941)
Action Date: 10-Dec-41
Service: Army Air Forces
Rank: Captain
Company: 14th Bombardment Squadron
Regiment: 19th Bombardment Group (H)
Division: Far East Air Force
   
Comments/Citation
Distinguished Flying Cross

Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain (Air Corps) Colin Purdie Kelly, Jr., United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight of nine B-17 bombers from Honolulu to the Philippine Islands from 5 September to 12 September 1941.

Captain Kelly displayed skillful airmanship and accurate knowledge of the highly technical details involved in the successful execution of the flight which involved traversing by air uncharted waters from Wake Island to Port Moresby and Darwin and thence to Fort Stotsenburg. The speed with which each phase of this flight was accomplished indicated a high quality of navigation.

This outstanding achievement reflects the highest credit on the military forces of the United States.

Action Date: September 5 - 12, 1941
Service: Army Air Forces
Rank: Captain
Company: 14th Bombardment Squadron
Regiment: 19th Bombardment Group (H)
Division: Far East Air Force
   
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