Canady, Kenneth E., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 748, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Home State
New Mexico
New Mexico
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron
Cerignola, Italy

Casualty Date
Jan 21, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Mediterranean Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Rhone, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Flight Engineer Badge
Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 748, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 748, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 748, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Kenneth E. Canady was born in Chanute, Kansas on October 18, 1930, a son of Sidney H. Canady. He moved to Newton, Kansas with the family when he was 2 years old. He graduated from high school, and became a teacher.

He joined the military in 1942, living in New Mexico at the time. After basic training, he was given training or utilized civilian experience to become a flight engineer. He was also trained to be an aerial gunner. In 1943, he was assigned to a unit operating out of North Africa. He flew, according to Air Medal count and tradition, at least 35 combat missions.

On January 21, 1944, he was assigned to a crew taking part in a raid on the airdrome at Salon De Provence, France. En route to the target, the #3 engine of the aircraft began smoking, so the pilot dropped out of formation. Seeing this as a straggler, the aircraft was attacked by three enemy fighters.

A number of hits seemed to register on the aircraft, and it started a slow, sweeping spiral as it lost altitude. It seemed under control, but ditched in the ocean about 20 miles south of Toulon, France. The crew was later seen in life rafts on a course for Marseilles, France. They were never seen again.

The crew was listed as Missing in Action, but a Declaration of Death was later issued for all. No remains were recovered, and all the crew are remembered on the Walls of the Missing in various cemeteries.

TSgt Kenneth E. Canady is listed on the Walls of the Missing in the Rhone American Cemetery in Draguignan, France.


TSgt Kenneth E. Canady was acting as flight engineer and top turret gunner on B-17F # 42-30472, not named, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

His name is not included on the mission loading list, but can be found in the crew roster listed in Missing Air Crew Report 1952. The crew here is listed as:

2 Lt Howard W. Ryan  p
2 Lt Paul C. Peters  c-p
1 Lt Alvin P. Goldstein  nav
2 Lt Baldwin J. Krober  bomb
TSgt Kenneth E. Canady  eng/tt gun
TSgt Joseph J. Buschko  r/o
Sgt  Richard L. Chelminiak  btg
SSgt Harley A. Kelly  wg
SSgt James T. McBride  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

As stated, TSgt Canady is not on the loading list in 301st Bomb Group records.

Service photo source:

Note: lists the wrong date of January 22, 1945 as his death date.

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