Ambrose, Kenneth W., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1051-Pilot - Two-Engine
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1941-1942, AAF MOS 1051, 11th Air Force
Service Years
1940 - 1942
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
Kansas
Kansas
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Home Town
Lincolnville/Marion
Last Address
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

Date of Passing
Nov 28, 1942
 
Location of Interment
Indiantown Gap National Cemetery - Annville, Pennsylvania
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Not Specified

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Lt. Ambrose was lost when his P-38 (#41-2276) crashed into a steep hillside in the North Cascades of Whatcom County, in the Pasayten wilderness east of Mount Baker, Washington while he was on a flight from Alaska to visit his wife in  Berkeley, California. Because of war time secrecy, there was little information available at the time other than his aircraft was missing.  His aircraft was found by hikers 60 years later in 1997 who came across the remains of the aircraft, quite accidentally.  His remains were finally identified in 2006.  

He had been stationed with the 54th Fighter Squadron in Elmendorf Field and Adak Island AAF fighting the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands.  He was accorded with having shot down the first Japanese aircraft in his P-38 off the island of Atka.  

He had enlisted in August 1940, attended flight school, and was stationed at McChord AB, Tacoma, Washington in October 1941.  In the spring of 1942, he was sent to Elmendorf, Alaska and subsequent fighting in the Aleutian Campaign of World War II.

His remains were interred in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery,  Annville, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, 19 May 2006. He left a wife and a young daughter at his death.
   
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http://www.seattlepi.com/local/137508_ambrose01.html
http://www.seattlepi.com/local/190676_fighter14.html
http://www.nps.gov/aleu/photosmultimedia/54th-fighter-squadron.htm
http://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/p-38/41-2276/1942/kenneth-ambrose.html (photos)
http://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/p-38/41-2276.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleutian_Campaign
http://obit.mooreandsnearfuneralhome.com/obitdisplay.html?task=Print&id=310215
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=ambrose&GSbyrel=in&GSdy=1942&GSdyrel=in&GSob=n&GRid=14426317&df=all
   
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54th Pursuit Squadron, Interceptor11th Air Force
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1051, 54th Pursuit Squadron, Interceptor
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1051, 11th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
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P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  
  1941-1942, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
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