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    Gentlemen,
    I would like to know a bit more about Pilot Officer John Maxwell Kenny 178877, particularly his wartime service details and nationality. He appears to be an Irish pilot.
    His photo would be a perfect icing on the cake.
    Thank you in advance.

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    Peter S, Hi

    Enlisted (1483493) in UK (location not known) between Apr-Oct 1941. Assuming Enlistment at age 18 would make his DoB 1923 – or slightly earlier.

    Commissioned Plt Off in GD Branch 14 Jun 1944.
    1483493 Flt Sgt John Maxwell KENNY (178877).

    Promoted to Fg Off 14th Dec. 1944.
    J. M. KENNY (178877).

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    Hi Peter,
    P/O J.M.Kenny (Irish), in early 1945 to 318 (Polish) Squadron - with three British pilots, one New Zealander and one Brazilian. A lack of Polish pilots...

    Regards

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    One assumes that "Plt Off J M Kenny, in early 1945 to 318 (Polish) Sqn" is the same bloke who's Promotion to Fg Off on 14 Dec 44 had not caught up with the paper-work?????
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    His promotion was gazetted in the Supplement to the LG, 19 Jan, 1945 with effect from 14 Dec, 1944. He could come to No.318 Sqn during January as P/O. I haven't got ORB of 318 Sqn. My info is from the book "W powietrznym zwiadze" written by Wladylaw Nycz, the Squadron member.

    Mojmir

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    P/O John Maxwell Kenny 178877 , Was on Attachment to 318 Sqd, The ORB does not mention his arrival but he is first mentioned in the 541(Work Carried Out )
    24/2/45 he flew right through until 15/4/45 when attachment to 318 Sqd Ended along with other Pilots and he returned to his Original Sqd (which i do not Know) i note a Pilot by the name of Kenny with 64 Sqd who baled out of Spitfire P8599 after a Mid air over West Lothian on 27/9/41 but may be a different Kenny i cannot confirm .

    Hope this Helps a Little

    bw Phill Jones

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    Peter, Mojmir and Phill

    Thank you very much for your quick response,.
    I do have a copy of the ORB and Nycz's book as well. I was wondering if someone could provide me with the list of Kenny's previous postings and where he served before joining No. 318 Squadron and after leaving. My guess would be either 208 or 225 Squadron.
    Mojmir, where did you find an info about Kenny's nationality? Apart from Nycz's book, of course.

    Regards

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    Phill,

    Don't think your Kenny connected with P/O J M Kenny. Spitfire IIa P8599, was a presentation aircraft - "THE DART VALLEY". Allotted to No.64 Sqn at Turnhouse on 14 August (941). On 27 September, 1941, during dogfight practice when piloted by Sgt T Kenny, its tail was knocked off by the port cannon of the aircraft flown by Plt Off R. E. McHam (USA), and P8599 was burnt out after crashing at Clifton Hall, East Lothian. Sgt T Kenny baled out safely at 4,000 feet and landed nearby in a tall tree.

    See: Gifts of War/Boot & Sturtivant. p.119.

    Col.

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    Hi Peter,
    my info is from the Nycz's book...

    Mojmir

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