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04.07.1944 No.602 Squadron R.A.F. Spitfire IX ML252 F/O Kelly Location: Normandy area, France.
Mission: Patrol, Normandy, France.

Date: 4
th July 1944

Unit: No.602 Squadron.

Type: Supermarine Spitfire IX

Serial No: ML252

Location: Normandy area, France.

Pilot: Flying Officer James William Kelly R.A.F.V.R. 169438 Age 21 - Killed.

REASON FOR LOSS:

This aircraft failed to return from patrol in the Normandy area - believed shot down by both JG26 and JG54.

(1) 04.07.44 Spitfire IX ML252 FO J. W Kelly No.602 Sqdn x1
A german sentry stands by the wreck of Jame's Spitfire, his original burial plot next to his aircraft. (Bundesarchiv)


(2) FO Kelly (Spitfire ML252)
Memorial dedicated to James Kelly located in Deadmans Copse, Portsdown Hill, near Portsmouth, Hants. (Tame)


(3) banneville-la-campagne cemetery

Burial detail: Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Calvados, France. Grave: XVII. A. 11.

Son of Ronald & Eva May Kelly, of Purbrook, Hampshire.

Researched by Melvin Brownless & Kate Tame A. R. Society, with thanks also to David King and the Bundesarchiv (Updated February 2014).

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