Kelley, Alfred Theodore

Personal Information

Rank F/S
Forename(s) Alfred Theodore
Surname Kelley
Gender M
Age 22
Date of Death 08-12-1942
Next of Kin Son of Fred H. Kelley and Myrtle Thelma Kelley (née Whitehair), of Kansas City, USA. Husband of Murl Emolene Kelley (née Spellman), whom he married on 27 February 1942 at Marshfield, Missouri, USA.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Short Stirling I
Serial Number W7635
Markings LS-V

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Denmark
Burial/Memorial Place Kirkeby Churchyard
Grave Reference Grave 277B.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 2
Panel Number 192

Enlistment Information

Service Number R/125770
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 3
Squadron 15 (XV)
Trade Air Gunner
Country of Origin United States of America

Miscellaneous Information

Alfred was born at Kansas City, USA on 24 June 1920. His father was a retired Marine Officer, born at Mountain Grove, Missouri and his mother at Trippland, Missouri. The schools he attended were Kansas City, Missouri. 1926-1927, Quanerio, Virginia 1927-1934, Springfield, Missouri 1934-1935 and West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1935- 1939. He also went to Springfield Teachers College, 1939-1940, as a Freshman. Also Alexian Brothers Hospital Nursing 1940-1941, St. Louis, Missouri where he was a male nurse. The sports he enjoyed were baseball, basketball, softball, tennis, golf etc. and his hobby was building model aircraft.
He enlisted on 5 September 1941 and after training was posted to the U.K. He embarked from Canada on 13 March 1942 arriving at 3 PRC 24 March before going on to 22 OTU on 13 July 1942, 1651 CU 30 September 1942, 15 Squadron 31 October 1942. Sadly, Alfred lost his life on 8 December 1942.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The National Archives

Fellow Servicemen

Last Operation Information

Start Date 08-12-1942
End Date 09-12-1942
Takeoff Station Bourn
Day/Night Raid Night (1% moon)
Operation Mining in the Sweet Peas area
Reason for Loss Shot down over Lakolk Beach, Rømø, Denmark at 2205 hours by a night-fighter flown by Oblt. Hans Gref of 4./NJG 3.

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IBCC is delighted to introduce a unique facility to link the Losses Database to the relevant RAF Casualty Pack on the National Archives website. This project is the result of on-going collaboration between IBCC, the MOD Records Office and National Archives, Kew. This document describes what Casualty Packs are, when they were created, the process of making them available to the public and then goes on to describe the process by which you can view the contents of the packs. Casualty Packs (CPs) were created by the RAF whenever there was serious injury or loss of life associated with operational activity within the RAF. This includes operational flying losses, enemy action due to air raids, road accidents either on station or even off-station if they involved RAF vehicles. Deaths due to natural causes in service or accidents that did not involve RAF vehicles did not generally give rise to a CP.

CPs were originally given a unique reference number by the RAF. Each begins with the letter ‘P’ and is followed by six digits, then an oblique (forward slash) and the finally the year in which the incident took place- for example P396154/42.

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