Pocahontas County

Lt. Edward K. Kelly




Fifteenth A. A. F. in Italy—Special: First Lt. Edward K. Kelly, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Kelly of Fonda, Ia., recently tallied his 50th combat mission in Europe. He is a navigator on a B-24 Liberator plane.

A farmer in civilian life, Kelly joined the A. A. F. in June, 1943. He won his wings at San Marcos, Tex., on May 20, 1944, and has been stationed in Italy since September. Since that time he has been awarded the air medal with three clusters.

“I have seen more places in Europe than I want to remember, but Vienna, Austria, is the spot that topped them all,” he said. “The Germans defend that place as if it were the heart of the reich, and we faced more threat there than at any other target.”

Source: The Sioux City Journal, Thursday, April 5, 1945 (photo included)