John F. Kelley passed away in a tragic accident on April 13, 2016 in Scottsdale Az.
Born in New York on May 6, 1919, he graduated from the University of New York(Farmingdale) in June 1939. Shortly after he enlisted as a cadet in the Army Air corps (WWII) and received his wings and commission in the class of 42 K at Brooks Field, San Antonio, Texas. He Flew A -24 Dive Bombers in the Aleutian Islands bombing Kiska and Attu. He then returned to the states in late 1943 with assignment at Replacement Pilot training as an instructor.
In June 1944 John married Betty M. Stitt at Woodward Army Air Base in Oklahoma. Following one month of marriage he received orders to join the 507 th Fighter Group and train 10 P-47 Pilots for duty escorting B-29 over the empire. He was promoted to the rank of Captain and flight commander.
Following Intensive Training (Long Range) at AAF's In Nebraska and Dalhart TX the 507 th received orders to move to " Ie Shima" ( an island adjacent to Okinawa). After re ...
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