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World War II 1
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First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces 1
Birth:
1915 2
Orange County, NY 2
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Full Name:
Andrew L Kingsley 1
Birth:
1915 2
Orange County, NY 2
Male 2
Death:
Buried: Missing in Action or Buried at Sea<BR>Tablets of the Missing at Florence American Cemetery<BR>Florence, Italy 1
Death: 8-Jan-44 1
Death Date: 08 Jan 1944 1
Memorial Cemetery: Tablets of the Missing at Florence American Cemetery 1
Memorial Country: Florence, Italy 1
Memorial Location: Missing in Action or Buried at Sea 1
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World War II 1

Rank:
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces 1
Service Number:
O-854430 1
Awards:
Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters 1
Regiment:
447th Bomber Squadron, 321st Bomber Group, Medium 1

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321stBG,447thBS, Lt Andrew Kingsley (S-2) KIA 8 Jan.'44

Italy

Saturday, 8 January 1944

447th BS War Diary:  7 of our ships took part in a raid on the railroad junction and yards at Metkovic, Yugoslavia.  The target was well covered and the flak was practically nil.  As the formation was on the route home, it was attacked by 9 German fighters.  The attackers were very aggressive and persistent and concentrated on one of our ships which was being flown by Lt. Trevor.  His plane had dropped behind due to a mechanical failure of the left engine and the fighters succeeded in knocking it down.  The fighters tagged the formation almost to the Italian coast.  Members of this crew were: Lt. G.J. Trevor, pilot, Lt. J.E. Briskey, Jr., Co-pilot, Lt. A.L. Kingsley, bombardier, Cpl J.H. Jeffrey, engineer, S/Sgt. J.C. Mays, radio-gunner, and Sgt. J.M. Reilly, turret-gunner.  According to those who witnessed this ship go down there is little hope of any of the crew escaping.  Morning report for week ending Jan. 8:  officers—5; Enlisted men—252.

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  A/C No.  42-32450  “Lumber Wagon” shot down P Trevor, Graham J., 1Lt CP Briskey, John F., Jr., 1Lt N None B Kingsley, Andrew L., 1Lt E Jeffrey, James H., Cpl R Mays, Jack C., S/Sgt G Reilly, James M., Sgt
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321stBG,447thBS, Lt Andrew Kingsley, S-2, KIA (Bombardier) 8 Jan.'44

Italy

447th BS; 

447th BS War Diary:  Special Accounts:  On January 8, 1944 seven planes of this squadron participated in a raid on the railroad junction and yards at Metkovic, Yugoslavia.  A successful bombing run was made with little opposition from flak.  Several bursts were seen but they were not close enough to do any damage.

 

            Thirteen minutes after the bombing run the formation was attacked by nine German fighters.  Just prior to the attack the left engine of the plane piloted by Lt. Trevor had been feathered, presumably because of some mechanical failure, and this ship lost altitude and straggled from the formation.  When the fighters came in to attack they singled out the straggler and made a concentrated attack upon it.  The plane continued to lose altitude and was finally seen to hit the water.  The crew of the ship which was shot down was as follows:  1st Lt. Graham J. Trevor, pilot; 1st Lt. John E. Briskey, Jr., co-pilot; 1st Lt. Andrew L. Kingsley, bombardier; Cpl. James H. Jeffrey, engineer; S/Sgt. Jack C. Mays, radio-gunner; S/Sgt. James M. Reilly, turret gunner.

 

Briskey, John F., Jr., 1Lt, pilot                        Jeffrey, James H., Cpl, engineer-gunner

 

Kingsley, Andrew L., 1Lt, bombardier            Mays, Jack C., S/Sgt, radio-gunner

 

Reilly, James M., S/Sgt, turret gunnerTrevor, Graham J., 1Lt, pilot

 

            The fighters were very aggressive in their attack upon the formation.  In twos and fours they made pass after pass at various elements of the formation from the front, sides and rear and the attacks continued until the formation reached the coast of Italy.  Three of

 

the fighters were shot down, two by 448th gunners and one by Sgt. Robert Boyd of this squadron.  Lt. Trevor’s plane was the only B-25 lost.  The plane piloted by Lt. Knodle received a hit in the right engine but the engine continued to function until he was taxiing off the runway after landing.  Lts. Nowakowski, Anderson and Vincent all reported observing Lt. Trevor’s plane as it was attacked.  When Lt. Nowakowski saw the plane it was flying straight and level at about 1500 feet.  The formation at that time was at about

 

4000 feet or 2500 feet above Lt. Trevor’s plane.  Four German fighters were diving on the straggling plane and firing at it when Lt. Nowakowski lost sight of it.  Lt. Anderson saw three fighters attacking Lt. Trevor’s plane from the rear.  The fighters were flying along parallel to the formation and the waist gunner on Lt. Anderson’s plane, Sgt. Robert Boyd, got a good shot at one of the fighters.  He shot about a hundred rounds into it, most of them into the enemy aircraft’s tail section.  The tail of the fighter fell apart and it went down into the sea.  The other two fighters continued to press their attack on Lt. Trevor’s plane.  All during the running fight with the fighters the formation was diving down to

 

Saturday, 8 January 1944 (continued)

 

 

 

get on the deck.  Lt. Vincent reported seeing Lt. Trevor’s plane hit the water and at that time the altitude of the formation was about 400 feet.  He was looking back and saw a tremendous spray of water as the plane hit.  He did not see the plane after that.  According to his estimate Lt. Trevor’s plane went in about twenty miles from the Italian coast.

 

Anderson, Lloyd G., 2Lt, pilot             Boyd, Robert J., M/Sgt, gunner

 

Knodle, Robert A., 2Lt, pilot                           Nowakowski, Joseph J., 2Lt, bombardier

 

Trevor, Graham J., 1Lt, pilot                          Vincent, Frederick W., 2Lt, pilot

 

            Capt. Beeson took a plane out to the area shortly afterwards and searched thoroughly for some trace of the plane which went down but could find nothing.

 

Beeson, Ellwood H., Capt, pilot, operations

 

 

 

447th BS:  War Diary of:  Stephenson, Henry W. "Steve", 1Lt, pilot (mission 52)

 

TARGET:  Metkovic M/Y        1:50     500 lb bombs

 

Plane 498:  Lt. Stephenson, Lt. Langston, Lt. Deane, S/Sgt Czabaj, S/Sgt, Ennis, S/Sgt Crowell

 

Crowell, James M., Jr., S/Sgt, gunnerCzabaj, Matthew W., S/Sgt, gunner

 

Deane, George J., 2Lt, bombardier                Ennis, Edward C., S/Sgt, radio-gunner

 

Langston, Everette D., 1Lt, pilot                     Stephenson, Henry W. "Steve", 1Lt, pilot

 

“Lt. Trevor and crew which included Lt. Trevor Lt. Briskey, Lt. Kingsley, Pfc. Jeffery, S/Sgt Mays and Sgt. Reilly in plane 450 were attacked by several fighters and shot down in the Adriatic Sea.  Sgt. Crowell shot down one E/A.  ¾ of M/Y although smoke obscured visions of targets.  At least three fires and several fires observed after explosions caused by direct hits on fuel tanks.”

 

Briskey, John F., Jr., 1Lt, pilot                        Crowell, James M., Jr., S/Sgt, gunner

 

Jeffrey, James H., Cpl, engineer-gunner         Kingsley, Andrew L., 1Lt, bombardier

 

Mays, Jack C., S/Sgt, radio-gunner                 Reilly, James M., S/Sgt, turret gunner

 

Trevor, Graham J., 1Lt, pilot

 

Barbi Ennis Connolly, 321st Bomb Group Historian in the 57th Bomb Wing PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com  

 

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