602 Squadron Spitfire IX ML252 F/O. Kelly loss over Normandy
Date: 4th July 1944 (Tuesday)
Unit: No.602 Squadron
Type: Supermarine Spitfire IX
Location: Normandy area, France.
Pilot: F/O. James William Kelly 169438 RAVR Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
This aircraft failed to return from patrol in the Normandy area - cause not known. Although claims were made by both JG54 and JG26.
Left: A german sentry stands by the wreck of James's Spitfire, his original burial plot next to his aircraft. (courtesy Bundesarchiv) With insert of memorial described below (courtesy Kate Tame)
Memorial dedicated to James Kelly located in Deadmans Copse, Portsdown Hill, near Portsmouth, Hants. (Kate Tame)
The memorial is on the Crookhorn Golf course and permission should be sought from the clubhouse prior to visit.
Burial detail: Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Calvados, France. Grave: XVII. A. 11. Son of Ronald and Eva May Kelly, of Purbrook, Hampshire, England.
Researched by Aircrew Remembered, researcher and specialist genealogist Kate Tame and dedicated to relatives of this pilot.