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Kenneth David Nicol
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Name: Kenneth David Nicol Rank: Second Lieutenant Service Number: Enlistment 18071885, Officer 0-680688 Service: 404th Bomber Squadron, 28th Bomber Group (Heavy) 11th Air Force, United States Army Air Forces Date of Birth: December 12, 1918 Place of Birth: Silver Plume, Clear Creek Co., Colorado Date of Enlistment: April 18, 1942 Age at Enlistment: 23 Address of Enlistment: Montrose, Montrose Co., Colorado Height: 5 feet, 6 inches Complexion: Dark Hair Color: Brown Eye Color: Blue Occupation: Railway employee Marital Status: Single Next of Kin: Mary E. Nicol (Mother) Religion: Roman Catholic Date of Death: November 18, 1943 Age: 24 Cemetery: Honolulu Memorial, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii Reference: Court 7, Courts of the Missing Kenneth David Nicol was the son of David Nicol (1888-1928) and Mary Eliza (Landry) Nicol (1890-1967). He had four siblings – Robert Nicol (1920-1990), Roderick Lee Nicol (1923-1944), Marvel Elizabeth Nicol (1925- 1928), and David William Nicol (1928-1929). Kenneth’s mother was born in Heatherton, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia. His maternal grandmother was Eliza Deon (1856-1945). Maternal grandfather Simon Francis Landry (1861-1940) moved to Colorado in 1909, bought 3 lots of land for $600 to build his home. He was in charge of the Denver Rio Grande construction train. Kenneth’s father was born in Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland in the United Kingdom. Kenneth’s brother Roderick Lee Nicol also served in WWII with the 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Division, of the US Army and died during the Battle of Saint-Lô of the Normandy Campaign, in Normandy, France on July 17, 1944. Kenneth registered for the US Draft on October 16, 1940, in Montrose, California. He was living with his family in Montrose and working for W&RG Ry Co (Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad) in Grand Junction, Mesa Co., Colorado. Kenneth served with the 404th Bombardment Squadron, 28th Bombardment Group with the 11th Air Force, USAAF, and he was the co-pilot of B-24D #41-1104, nicknamed 'Iggy'. Kenneth and the rest of his crew were on a training flight out of Adak Island, Alaska when they had some kind of mechanical problem and went down in the ocean, 80 miles North-Northeast of the island. None of the crew was located. He is remembered in Court 7 of the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial within the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii. He is also memorialized on the Memorial to The Missing in Anchorage Alaska.