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432 Squadron Crest
12.06.1943 No. 432 Squadron Wellington Ground accident Fl/Sgt. Donald R. Kelly

Operation: Ground accident

Date: June 12th 1943

Unit: No. 432 Squadron (Leaside Squadron)

Location: RAF Skipton-On-Swales, Richmond

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Donald Robert Kelly R/55516 RCAF Age 21. Killed


Fl/Sgt Kelly was killed at the RCAF station in Yorkshire when he walked into a moving propeller of a Wellington.

During an operation to Wuppertal, Germany on the 29th May 1943 he had shot down a German JU-88 aircraft and this action was confirmed the day before he was killed.


Burial Details:

Fl/Sgt. Donald Robert Kelly. Ripon Cemetery Sec. H. Grave. 370. Son of James and Myrtle E. Kelly, of Richmond, Province of Quebec, Canada.

Left: Grave of Fl/Sgt. Donald Robert Kelly.

Researched for the relatives of Fl/Sgt. Kelly. With thanks to, 'Paradie Archive'. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 'Bomber Command Database'. Les Allison and Harry Hayward - 'They Shall Grow Not Old'.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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