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Robert Grey Kelly
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Name: Robert Grey Kelly Rank: First Lieutenant Service Number: O-673195 Service: 43rd Bomber Squadron, 29th Bomber Group (Very Heavy), United States Army Air Force Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and Purple Heart Date of Birth: June 24, 1916 Place of Birth: Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts Date of Enlistment: May 4, 1942 Place of Enlistment: Boston, Massachusetts Age at Enlistment: 26 Address at Enlistment: Melrose, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts Marital Status: Single (at enlistment) Next of Kin: Mrs. Lena Doris Kelley (Mother) Occupation: General office clerk Height: 5 feet, 11 inches Complexion: Light Hair Color: Brown Eye Color: Hazel Date of Death: June 15, 1945 Age: 28 Cemetery: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, O’ahu, Hawaii Grave: Court 7, Courts of the Missing, Honolulu Memorial Robert Grey Kelley was the son of Percy Grey Kelley (1886-1980) and Lena Doris (Crowell) Kelley (1888- 1968). He had a brother Donald William Kelley (1920–1971). His father was born in Massachusetts and his mother was born in Shelburne, Shelburne County, Nova Scotia. Robert lived in Middlesex County, Massachusetts prior to the war. He registered for the US Draft in Melrose, Middlesex Co., Mass. on October 16, 1940, and was working for A F Robinson Boiler Works at the time. Robert enlisted on May 4, 1942, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a general office clerk and as single, without dependents. His enlistment service number was 11018313 prior to his officer’s number being assigned. He married Janet L. Duryea (1921-2002), who was born in New Jersey and lived in Melrose, Massachusetts. They married in Melrose on June 27, 1942. Robert served as a First Lieutenant on B-29A "City of Hartford" #42-93928, 43rd Bomber Squadron, 29th Bomber Group, US Army Air Force during World War II. B-29A #42-93928 was part of mission #203, which was two separate missions flown on two separate days, which were missions to attack Osaka and Amagasaki urban areas in Japan. These missions included 444 B-29's in the attack. B-29A #42-93928 was one of two B-29's lost on these missions. Kelly and the crew took off during the first mission, with a crew of 11, from the North Field in Guam on the bombing mission over Japan. Approximately 12 miles north of Guam, for an unknown reason, the plane went into a steep bank to the left and then crashed into the sea. Despite the efforts of multiple rescue ships none of the crew were ever found. The entire crew of 11 were lost in this crash. The other flight crew members who perished on B-29A #42-93928: William R. Barton Staff Sergeant, of Nebraska Harold Eichman Sergeant, of California Henry A. Heyke Captain (Commander), of Connecticut Carl C. Livesay 1st Lieutenant (Bombardier), of Virginia James R. McLear Sergeant, of Michigan Donald J. Megargel Sergeant, of New Jersey Edwin W. Mergenthaler, Jr. Sergeant, of Wisconsin Bertram F. Nagy 1st Lieutenant (Navigator), New York Stanley V. Shaw 2nd Lieutenant (Pilot), of Ohio James O. Strong 1st Lieutenant, of Pennsylvania Robert Grey Kelley is also remembered on a family grave marker in the Swampscott Cemetery, in Swampscott, Essex County, Massachusetts.