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