1943 — North Africa
Lt Kenney would become "COLONEL Dick Kenney" in the USAF, a Career that spanned decades.....! Lt Richard Kenney flew Combat in his P-38 Lightning during WWII in the Mediterranean Theatre.
Lt Kenney flew Combat out of " Telergma, Algeria, Jan 1943 - Berteaux, Algeria, 28 Mar 1943
and - Souk-el-Arba, Algeria (13 Jun 1943). Lt Kenney was shot-down 28 April, 1943 and became a POW 15 June, 1943. He was liberated 8 June, 1945.
Colonel Richard Kenney, Coronado resident, WWII P-38 Lightning Fighter Pilot Hero and survivor of the Nazi POW/ Stalag Luft III - Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11 ) Germany. Wednesday, 28 April 1943
WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (Northwest African Air Force):
In Tunisia, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF)
B-25's and P-38's attack 2 vessels off NE Tunisia in the Straits of Sicily. Other
B-25's hit Tunis shipping while B-26's bomb the landing grounds at Mabouban
and Mabtouha. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) aircraft bomb
concentrations near Saint-Cyprien and Ksar Tyr, shipping off Tunis, and numerous
positions and vehicles along the Tunisian battleline and surrounding areas as the
US 9th Infantry Division continues W astride the Sedjenane River and the 1st and
34th Infantry Divisions continue to face fierce opposition S of Jefna in Sidi Meftah
310th BG, 379th BS Mission Summary: (Ops Order ---/mission ---) Group Mission # 79: Capt. Allan led eighteen ships on a Sea Search mission on April 28th. The escort consisted of twenty P-38’s of which four were fighter bombers, each having a 1,000 lb. bomb hanging in an external rack. Two M/V’s were sighted without escort. The bombers scored one direct hit and one near miss on the first ship and left it halted, belching flames and clouds of smoke. The P-38’s claimed a direct hit on the other ship and both are believed sunk.
82nd Fighter Group
95th: 1942-1945; 1947-1949.
96th: 1942-1945; 1947-1949; 1955-.
97th: 1942-1945; 1947-1949; 1955-.
COMMANDER; Lt Col William E Covington Jr, 17 Jun 1942 - 4 May, 1943;
CAMPAIGNS: Air Combat, EAME Theater; Air Offensive, Europe; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Rome-Arno; Normandy; Northern France; Southern France; North Apennines; Rhineland; Central Europe; Po Valley.
DECORATIONS: Distinguished Unit Citations: Italy, 25 Aug 1943; Italy, 2 Sep 1943; Ploesti, Rumania, 10 Jun 1944.
INSIGNE: Shield: Per bend or and azure a lightning bolt in bend throughout point to base, with two beviles, per bend argent, gules and or, between three fleurs-de-lis, two and one, of the second, and eleven stars in bend, six and five, of the first; over all in dexter chief a roundle per fess, wavy of two, sable and vert. Motto: Adorimini - "Up and at 'em!"