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Richard F Kenney 1
Level of Education: 2 years of college 1
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82nd FG, 95th BS, Lt Richard Kenney, Pilot P-38 Lightning

North Africa

USAF Colonel Richard F Kenney
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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
area.
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. 
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82nd Fighter Group 

SQUADRONS:

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!" 

Col. Richard Kenney, AAC/USAF

North Africa

Photo about 2011, Dot Harms with Dick Kenney, 91 here..... in California.
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Richard Kenney  ....  was a Lt. with the 82nd Fighter Group, the 95th Fighter Squadron "shot-down 28 April, 1943, POW as of  15 June, 1943 from the Northern African Theatre/Sicily.    Liberated/Returned to Military Control...... 8 June, 1945


   (
Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11 ) Germany
...............   O&725315 / Officer number.


   
Richard was born in 1920, was from San Diego, had completed 2 years of college.  He enlisted at Ft. Rosecrans, Calif. and was accepted directly into the Aviation Cadet Program on 29 Oct. 1942 ( 19060926   )   Richard F Kenney.      AUS serial number is different from Officer Number.   The 57th Bomb Wing has quite a lot of P-38 Lightning Pilots...."Dick" was in the 95th Fighter Squadron, 82nd FG  . . . . .  they were a pretty important part of the Air War....  The 310th, 319th, 321st, and 340th Bomb Groups depended on "Our Little Buddies!". . . .

http://57thbombwing.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=67519 Official 57th Bomb Wing Gallery-Albums; 82nd FG, Lt Richard Kenney. 

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  More of the story to come....  Blessings, Barbi

Barbi Ennis Connolly, 57th BW Historical Researcher  PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com in Honor of my dad/T/Sgt Edward C Ennis, 321st BG, 447th BS, B-25 Mitchells.  Edward learned the very first application of "Airborne RADAR"  (RAdio Detecting And Ranging/ acronym)

Col Dick Kenney, USAF Ret.

California

Newspaper Article (Murietta, GA) about the MTO /Tunisian Coast and Lt Kenney
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Dick Kenney;  "Who is a HERO?"  How are they made? 

     "There are NO unwounded men or women after a war, and WWII remains the biggest human tragedy - EVER!  WWII touched every family on every street and in every town and city in America. Every family on every farm, in every industry and in all geographical locations. Every story is unique and intensely personal. While all experienced the same war, all experienced it differently.
More than 50 million, some say up to 70 million fatalities world-wide - - - one harrowing statistic after another shows that the actual count will never be completely accurate. These estimates include at least 6 million Jews, 27 million Russians, 10 million Christians, thousands of Priests. . . countless innocent." BJC


         Some  have the opportunity to be Heroic.   Fighter Pilots were a rare breed indeed, they seemed nearly fearless.  They certainly had the ability to focus, to think at the speed of lightning . . . . for Lt Kenney, it was a *P-38 Lightning*!   A sturdy, agile, dependible, amazing Fighter, made that way because of their brave and couragous Pilots! 
     ALL were Heroes, not that our Greatest Generation would go around blowing their own horn. . . . some of those who should be applauded most, are the humble, quiet type that we discover did much more than their share. . . . the "rip-roaring, go-get'em" types like Dick Kenney, shot-down at his best, at the height of his almost "ACE-score". . .  even in a really fragile situation,   jammed guns would not stop this great Pilot.  Just crazy enough, he took off after those enemy fighters and intimidated them clean out of the area!  Not able to shoot would not stop his bluff, he would also keep his own fighter-buddies as safe as possible and 
at great risk to himself!


  The 82nd Fighter Group   ( 
Motto: Adorimini - "Up and at 'em!" )  They were "Up and at 'em!" all right, nearly 50% losses, oh but these brave men held the highest score ever.   Maintaining the near-perfect record, scoring enemy fighters, ("Kills") ... troop carriers, sinking everything in sight while always keeping a close eye on the Medium Bombers, the B-25's of the 57th Bomb Wing in sight and as safe as was humanly possible.   The B-25 Mitchells called the Fighters "Our Little Buddies" ....  When first appearing, wagging their wings so the Bombers knew who they were long before ID'ing them.   God Bless our Little Buddies.


   MIA. . . . the dreaded and feared "Missing in Action" . . . . in the end, most at home did not know for a long time the fate of their loved ones.    In Dick's case, he was shot-down and badly injured and then ended up in the deadly-forced march from shot-down out of North Africa through Italy to the Stulag-Luft Camps in Germany.   "IF". . . . IF you lived.
.........................  Stalag Luft III - most probably the worst!  Dick was a POW from 15 June, 1943 and liberated 8 June, 1945.

      57th Bomb Wing Historical Research Team;   John T Fitzgerald, Patti Johnson and Barbi Ennis Connolly (Historian)
     Barbi Ennis Connolly, 57th BW Historical Researcher 
PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com in Honor of my dad/T/Sgt Edward C Ennis, 321st BG, 447th BS, B-25 Mitchells.  Edward learned the very first application of "Airborne RADAR"  (RAdio Detecting And Ranging/ acronym) and flew over in the now famous "Gen. Bob Knapp's 321st BG crossing the Atlantic the Southern Route" en mass without loss.  319th BG and 321st BG Historian in the 57th Bomb Wing (2007-____ )

Written by Barbi Ennis Connolly and added 27 Aug 2013.

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