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Sgt. William J. Kelly - MIA

County: Cass
World War II - MIA
Date of Disappearance: June 11, 1943
Branch of Service: Air Force
Company/Division: 531st Bomber Squadron, 380th Bomber Group, Heavy

Died while in MIA status. Killed during a mission near Koepang, Dutch Timor on a B-24D aircraft. The flight encountered heavy flak enroute to the target, and as the crew left the plane amid a shower of bullets from Japanese attackers, it exploded and engulfed the crew with it. No trace of any survivors was ever found.

Memorialized at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.

Medals and Honors

Silver Star