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    Hi All,

    Mate of mine on another forum is trying to find details re: this man for the fellow's daughter, who is a school friend of his.

    According to some bits and bobs she received from her sister, John A. Kelly, hometown Buffalo (MN, not NY I believe) was with the RCAF before going "back" into the USAAF to fly Thunderbolts with the 373rd FG, 9th Air Force.

    One of the pics she has is the one below, which I presume shows a group of pilots under training on Battles in Canada.

    http://i937.photobucket.com/albums/ad212/mhuxt/battle.jpg

    Any info anyone has would be gratefully received.

    TIA,

    Mark

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    Mark,

    I only found an entry so far on the findagrave.com website, where 1st Lt John Ambrose Kelly is mentioned as being buried at St. Francis Cemetery, Buffalo, MN. Feb. 10, 1920 - June 20, 1964.

    There's a picture of his gravestone that (also) says DFC - AM & 8 OLC.

    Regards,

    Leendert

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    Hi, Mark,

    Someone who might know more on John Kelly is Wally Fydenchuk, the author of Immigrants of War, a book about Americans who served in the British and Canadian air force before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

    Fydenchuk self-published the book, which I have not seen. I can send you his snail mail and e-mail addresses from circa 2006, which might still be good.

    Matt

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    The NARA online enlistment records have a John A. Kelly, born in Minnesota, who joined the armed forces in Chicago, IL on 28 Aug 1942.
    Army serial number 16101457. Unclear if he's our man.

    Regards,

    Leendert

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    G'day Matt

    I have Wally's book and Kelly is not mentioned in it, at least not in the index.

    Cheers...Chris

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    Many thanks for all the help gents.

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