1944 — Italy
Andrew Kingsley was a well-loved man by all, he was an original in the 321st BG Cadre' and was an S-2 Officer. Lt Jim Bugbee and Lt Bob Spikes had a tent alone but since Andrew was an S-2 Officer, he was "safe" (so-to-speak) as in not flying Combat and so Bugbee and Spikes let him in as a tent-mate. He was married and an absolutely wonderful all around person, in fact, Andrew wanted to be a Preacher when he returned from the War.
Andrew flew an an OBSERVER in a Combat Mission on Thursday, 13 May 1943
A/C No. 41-12925 “Huckelberry Duck”
Grantham, Charles H. “Granny”, 1Lt
Ashley, Wilson S., 2Lt
None McCone, Walter G., 2Lt Kramer, Gilbert W., S/Sgt Anderson, Chester E., S/Sgt Draper, Ralph M., S/Sgt ANDREW L KINGSLEY., 2Lt (observer)
AND again on Thursday, 20 May 1943 and Friday, 21 May 1943
He also wanted to fly COMBAT and trained as a Bombardier.
He flew 22, 25, 28 and 29 Sept.'43 as a Bombardier.
4, 5 and 8th of October, 1943
January, 1944 KIA8 Jan. 1944
FRIENDS; Lt. Henry Stephenson's saddest Mission was on Jan. 8th, 1944, the Trevor/Briskey/Kingsley loss. Edward Ennis, who flew many missions with "Stevie" in the "Front Seat" .........
This day Ed Ennis was aboard, manning the waist guns. Stephenson and Trevor became separated from the group, but stayed together, lower to the water, but were singled out by a great number of enemy fighters..........
eventually loosing sight of each other. On the Graham Trevor Loss, "Steve" (and Ed) made it back, landed, re-fueled and returned for the only sea-search Steve ever flew, looking for the Trevor Crew and ship #450. Stephenson mourned the loss of his wingman and crew for all of his life.
ANDREW KINGSLEY WAS OUR 447th BOMB SIGHT MAINTENANCE OFFICER AND TENTMATE WITH SPIKES AND ME IN ITALY AND WAS NOT REQUIRED TO FLY BUT HE WANTED TO GO ON A MISSION -- DID AND WAS SHOT DOWN ON A MISSION TO THE BALKANS. I THINK IT WAS THE ONLY ONE HE WENT ON. SPIKES AND I LEFT THE 447TH ABOUT ONE DAY LATER AND RETURNED TO THE ZI. I WENT THROUGH ANDREW'S STUFF AND BROUGHT EVERYTHING THAT WOULD BE OF INTEREST TO HIS WIFE WHEN I RETURNED. I CALLED HER --- SHE LIVED IN NEWBURG, NY-- AND TRAVELED BY TRAIN FROM BALTIMORE TO NEWBURG AND SPENT ONE DAY WITH HER AND GAVE HER HIS DIARY. I HAVE NO PICTURES OF HIM HERE IN HAWAII BUT I HAVE ONE PICTURE OF HIM IN AZ, SEATED WEARING HIS LEATHER FLYING JACKET. WE UNDERSTOOD THAT HIS AIRPLANE WAS SHOT DOWN AND CRASHED AT SEA WITH NO SURVIVORS. ANDREW WAS A GOOD CATHOLIC, VERY RELIGIOUS AND WAS ALWAYS REFERED TO AS PADRE. HE WAS WELL LIKED BY EVERYONE. I LIKED HIM VERY MUCH. I AM VERY SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT HE IS HONORED IN THE FLORENCE, ITALY CEMETARY. THAT'S GREAT! PUTS THINGS RIGHT!
"Capt. Jim Bugbee" B-25 Combat Pilot. 23 July, 2013
Barbi Ennis Connolly 321st Bomb Group Historian PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com