Oral History interview of James Kelly. Interview conducted by Pflumm, Basil at Village on the Green-- Longwood, FL.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
Army Air Corps
Location of Service
First Lieutenant; 1LT
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Trained in B-17 and B-29 bombers; Ended as B-29 Aircraft Commander in route to Guam when WWII ended.
Recalled to active duty as 1st Lieutenant in USAF 15 march 1945 to fly B-29 in Korea; On reporting for duty assigned to Internal Auditor in Maine, Pittsburgh, and Bermuda; In 1956, assigned pilot duty in KC-97 and KC-135 in SAC; Subsequent assignments in Indiana, Greenland, and California, in various administrative and supply duties was followed by reassignment to the Auditor General; Included duty in Missouri, California, and Puerto Rico; Retired as Regular Air Force Lt. Colonel on 1 Feb 1970 with 5,000 hours flying time; Never shot at while flying in three wars.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Village on the Green, Longwood, FL.
Kelly, James; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; United States. Air Force
Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
Contributor Affiliation / Organization
RICHES; University of Central Florida
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Kelly, James interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 294.