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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
02 Nov 1919 2
Death:
30 Apr 1951 2
Martinsburg Veterans Hospital, Martinsburg, WV 2
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Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, WW II /MTO, B-25's
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, WW II /MTO, B-25's
Lt. J.Wm. "BILL" Kuykendall flew 60 Combat Missions in the 321st BG in the MTO, 1944.
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, WW II /MTO, B-25's
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, WW II /MTO, B-25's
"Bill" was a B-25 Mitchell Pilot in the MTO / 1944, 60 Combat Missions, out of Italy and Corsica.
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 447th BS
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 447th BS
Bill's AAC Portrait, he stayed in after the War, the Army Air Corp became the U. S. Air Force.
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 447th BS
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 447th BS
Bill was "shot-down" on his 8th Combat mission (a Sea-Ditch) several died, several lived, Bill recieved the Distinguished Flying Cross for Bravery in landing the ship on water, and the Purple Heart for injuries sustained.
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
Lt Bill in his Flying Gear.
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
The "OUT of BOUNDS", the B-25 Mitchell that he flew the most often. 447thBS Ed Rogowski Photo
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, WW II /MTO, B-25's
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, WW II /MTO, B-25's
"BILL's" Class Photo (1937 Class of Morefield, WV)
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot,His wife, (R) Jerry and daughter, Judy (L)
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot,His wife, (R) Jerry and daughter, Judy (L)
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, (Pilot) His wife Jerry Kuykendall
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, (Pilot) His wife Jerry Kuykendall
Bill's lovely wife, Jerry nursed him through the hard times of illness, brought on by the sea-water-ditch, an illness he passed away from in 1950. Theirs was a "Life-time" LOVE".
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall and wife Jerry Kuykendall
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall and wife Jerry Kuykendall
"Together Forever" Bill and Jerry
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
BILL's Granddaughter, Carla Rice, and his daughter, Judy Kuykendall Rice.
321stBG,448thBS, Lt James Wm "BILL" Kuykendall, B-25 Pilot, MTO
321stBG,448thBS, Lt James Wm "BILL" Kuykendall, B-25 Pilot, MTO
321stBG,448thBS, Lt James Wm "BILL" Kuykendall, B-25 Pilot, MTO
321stBG,448thBS, Lt James Wm "BILL" Kuykendall, B-25 Pilot, MTO
60 Combat Missions in the MTO
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
Shot-Down at SEA, 19 Feb. 1944, on 8th Combat Mission. (3 were KIA) Mission; Troop Concentration, ANZIO, Italy. in Ship $2-64550/Lost. Lt Kuykendall was also wounded, he recieved the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
BILL's "Little Bell of San Michele" Charm, a Lt Hat Charm on the bracelet he gave his wife, Jerry. The Lucky Little Bell was gotten on the Isle of Capri in the Mediterranean on R & R.
Lt "BILL" Kuykendall recieved the Air Medal with 5 oak Leaf Clusters.
Lt "BILL" Kuykendall recieved the Air Medal with 5 oak Leaf Clusters.
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
Bill's engraved Purple Heart for the shot-down, sea-ditch injuries sustained in the of 19 Feb. 1944 LOSS.
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Bill's Family
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, (Pilot) and his BRIDE Jerry Kuykendall
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, (Pilot) and his BRIDE Jerry Kuykendall
"Jerry and Bill" Their Wedding Photo :)
Bill Kuykendall's Bride-to-be, Geraldine "Jerry" Doman's Engagement Photo
Bill Kuykendall's Bride-to-be, Geraldine "Jerry" Doman's Engagement Photo
Jerry's Engagement Picture :)
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 447th BS
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 447th BS
"Bill" standing TOP far Right, High School Photo, 1937
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
Pilot Training at Eagle Pass, Texas.
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'01 Personal Favorite - 56.jpg
Lt James Wm "BILL" Kuykendall, probably about 1950.
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
"Bill" Kuykendall earned the DFC for his part in the landing of a sea-ditch/Shot-down B-25. 19 Feb.'44
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
MACR 19 Feb. 1944, Shot Down/Water Ditch.
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS
Lt James Wm. "Bill" Kuykendall, Pilot, 321st BG, 448th BS

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Full Name:
James William Kuykendall 3
Also known as:
"Bill" 3
Person:
James W Kuykendall 1
Level of Education: 1 year of college 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
02 Nov 1919 2
Birth:
02 Nov 1919 3
Moorefield, Hardy County, WV 3
Male 3
Birth:
1919 1
West Virginia 1
Death:
30 Apr 1951 3
Martinsburg Veterans Hospital, Martinsburg, WV 3
Cause: Pneumonia/complications from rhumatoid arthritis 3
Residence:
Place: Hardy County, West Virginia 1
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Birth:
Mother: Mary Hale McNeill Kuykendall 3
Father: Robert Sherrard Kuykendall 3
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
23 Jan 1942 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
35272935 1
Enlistment Place:
Ft Hayes Columbus Ohio 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Occupation:
B-25 bomber pilot 3
Religion:
Presbyterian 3
Race or Ethnicity:
White 3
Occupation:
Salesmen and sales agents, except to consumers 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Employment:
Employer: US Army Air Corps 2
Position: 1st Lt. Pilot / B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber 2
Place: MTO /Italy, Corsica 2
Start Date: 1944 2
Employment:
Employer: US Army Air Corp. WW II B-25 Pilot 2
Position: B 25 Pilot, 60 Combat Missions 2
Place: Italy, Corsica / MTO 2
Start Date: 1944 2
End Date: 1944 2
Source Information:
Box Number: 0916 1
Film Reel Number: 3.338 1

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This page is in memory of our father who died at the young age of 31 years. My sister and I were ages 3 and 6 and barely knew this wonderful man. He served his country and brought pride to his family. It is with great honor that we dedicate this page in his memory. Created with love, Judy & "Sissy"

The Life of "Bill" Kuykendall

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BIOGRAPHY: Our father was a 1938 graduate of Moorefield High School, Moorefield, WV. He worked as a sales manager for Thomas Chevrolet from June 1939-March 1940. From June 1941-December 1941 he sold tobacco products for Brown-Williamson Tobacco Corporation of Louisville, Kentucky. He attended Tennessee Weslyan College, Athens, Tennessee for 1 1/2 years. He was the son of Robert Sherrard & Mary Hale (McNeill) Kuykendall.

MILITARY HISTORY: On January 23, 1942 he was inducted as an Aviation Cadet at Ft Hayes, Columbus, Ohio. He was 23 years old. May 1942, for 3 months he received his Army Air Force Technical Training and weather observer course at Chanute Field, Illinois. On July 7, 1942 the cadets were transported by rail to Kelly Field, Texas. He was then sent to San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center In September 1942 for 1 1/4 months for the pre-flight training course. In November 1942, for 2 months, he was with the flight training detachment in Vernon, Texas for primary flying training. For 2 months beginning January 1943 he was given his basic flying training at the flying school in Waco, Texas In March 1943, he received his advanced flying training at Ellington Field, Texas .He was then sent to Greenville, South Carolina for the B-25 transition training and departed on December 24, 1943 for Europe arriving on January 3, 1944.

During World War II he was a member of the 57th Bomb Wing, 12 th Air Force, 321st Squadron, 448th Bomb Group as a B-25 Mitchell pilot. Stationed in Italy and on the Isle of Corsica. He piloted B-25 aircraft and commanded a crew in the accomplishment of offensive missions against the enemy; ascertained prior to mission, that aircraft had been properly inspected by crew members; took off, operated and landed airplane under varying flying conditions and such hazards as adverse weather, enemy attack, and low altitude and night flying; maintained flight records and reported observations made; flew 55 combat missions over Italy and France; served 7 missions as co-pilot, 48 missions as 1st Pilot; served concurrently as Flight Test Maintenance Officer testing B-25 aircraft after major overhauling and advised commanding officer on results of inspections.

MISSING AIR CREW REPORT: On February 19, 1944, Lt. James W. Kuykendall as co-pilot of plane #42-64550 with Lieutenant Annear as pilot, after dropping their bombs and while attempting to avoid a collision, Lt. Annear banked the ship to the left and at this instant they were attacked by an enemy fighter. The fire from the enemy cut the hydraulic system which allowed the wheels to drop from the engine. The enemy fighter then made a second attack and succeeded in disabling the left engine and in cutting the trim cables. This attack also caused the destruction of all instruments and stunned Lt. Annear. When he regained consciousness, he ordered the crew to bail out. They turned south, over the sea, towards Anzio; but were unable to maintain altitude and were forced to make a crash landing in the sea. They were unable to see any signs of life from the rear compartment, nor received any replys.  They succeeded in launching a life raft and boarded it shortly before the plane sank. Three of their planes circled back and dropped additional life rafts. They were rescued by an English crash boat and taken ashore to the beachhead.

MEDALS & AWARDS: Purple Heart - awarded on March 3, 1944; Promoted to 1st Lt. on April 28, 1944; Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal with 2 Bronze Battle Stars, American Theater Medal & World War II Victory Medal.

MARRIAGE: On August 24, 1946 in Hot Springs, Arkansas while a patient in the Army & Navy General Hospital, he married Geraldine Oleta ("Jerry") Doman of Romney, WV. They resided in Arkansas until November 6, 1946 when due to his physical disability he was discharged from the service. They returned to Moorefield, WV to raise two daughters, Judith Ann and Oleta Hale.He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and director of the Red Cross for Hardy County.

Because of his medical condition, dad was a patient on numerous ocassions at Newton D. Baker Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland and the Veterans Hospital in Martinsburg, West Virginia where he died on April 30, 1951 from complications of pneumonia and rheumatoid arthritis. He is buried at Olivet Cemetery, Moorefield.

 

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Bill's daughter "Grandma Judy" Rice and her Granddaughters, 2011
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This page is in memory of our father who died at the young age of 31 years. My sister and I were ages 3 and 6 and barely knew this wonderful man. He served his country and brought pride to his family. It is with great honor that we dedicate this page in his memory. Created with love, Judy & "Sissy" (3 March, 2009)

Went down at sea and rescued on his 8th mission

19 Feb 4 - 448th BS Mission Summary:  (Ops Order 254/mission 253) Group Mission # 216: Mission 174 (216).  At 08:20 24 planes off to bomb troop concentration 200 yards N and S of F9037 and dropped 1162 Frags at 09:45 from 10,500 feet.  14 planes holed and 2 planes shot down one by flak and one by flak and E/A and one plane missing (one plane down in water approximately 41°  40’ N and 12°  15’ E 3 or 4 persons seen in water, dingy dropped by another plane, one plane show down about F7550 three chutes seen from some plane).  Plane that landed in water piloted by Lt. Annear, crew:  Kuykendall, Zinkand, Morris, Tudor and Nesbit.  Three officers were picked up by English crash boat 182.  To date word has been received that Sgt. Tudor is in Allied Hospital, not word of Morris and Nesbit.  Target area well covered with one string observed crossing bend in river just N of F9037 and S of RR.  Saw bombs along RR tracks just W of target.  Groups of 6-8 and from 15-20 E/A reported over and after leaving target attacking in pairs.  ME-109’s, FW-190’s, one ME-210 and MA-282 reported.  Most attacks from rear and one tactic was for one plane to come from 6 o’clock level, hanging back while another dove from 7 o’clock, from above.  Some Me’s attacked after diving.  Group claims 7 Me-109’s destroyed 2 FW-190’s destroyed, 2 ME-109’s damaged.  In 448 Sgt. Mauder claimed 2 ME-109’s, Sgt Coleman one, Van Cura one and Chosta one FW-190.  Flak: Heavy, intense and accurate from bomb line to target and out to coast, barrage type.  Weather:  CAVU at target.

  A/C No.  42-64550 shot down P Annear, Warren R., 2Lt CP Kuykendall, James W., 2Lt N None B Zinkand, Willard T., 2Lt E Nesbit, Andrew L., Sgt R Morris, Raymond J., Sgt G Tudor, Owen M., Sgt 

Barbi Ennis Connolly, 321st BG Historian and friend of Bill's Very-Special daughter, Judy Rice. 

 

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