Kelly, Oakley George, Col

 Service Photo   Service Details
17 kb
View Time Line
Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 770-Airplane Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1941-1947, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
Service Years
1917 - 1948
Officer Collar Insignia

 Last Photo   Personal Details 

34 kb

Home State
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Kelly, Oakley George, Col USAF(Ret).

If you knew or served with this Airman and have additional information or photos to support this Page, please leave a message for the Page Administrator(s) HERE.
Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
El Cajon, California

Date of Passing
Jun 05, 1966
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Setion X Site 1351

 Official Badges 

Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Almost nothing is known about his military career, except for his most famous flight, which was when he and Lt. John A. Macready flew the 1st non-stop cross-country flight.
He won the prestiguous Mackay Trophy 2 years in a row in 1922 and 1923, both times with Lt. Macready. 
He served in the USAF and 5 of its 6 predecessors!
(In lower photo, he is on the right, Macready is on the left.)

His DFC citation:

Awarded for actions during Peace Time Awards

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant (Air Service) Oakley G. Kelly, U.S. Army Air Service, for extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight. Lieutenant Kelly, with First Lieutenant John A. MaCready, departed from Michel Field, Long Island, New York at 12:36 p.m. on 2 May 1923 in the Army transport Airplane T-2, on a nonstop transcontinental flight. They encountered practically every hazard of flying and displayed remarkable ingenuity, skill, and perseverance in over coming the many handicaps imposed upon them by the elements and the mechanical equipment used by them. They arrived at Rockwell Field, Coronado, California. At 12:26 p.m. on 3 May 1923, thus successfully completing the first transcontinental nonstop flight in the history of aviation.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 4 (1928)

Action Date: May 2 - 3, 1923

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: First Lieutenant

Other Comments:
 Photo Album   (More...

  1917-1918, Aviation Section, Signal Corps

Second Lieutenant
From Month/Year
- / 1917
To Month/Year
May / 1918
Aviation Section, Signal Corps Unit Page
Second Lieutenant
Not Specified
Not Specified
Not Specified
 Aviation Section, Signal Corps Details

Aviation Section, Signal Corps
Combat - Command Element
Not Specified
Parent Unit
Other Units
Not Specified
Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Jun 7, 2016
My Photos For This Unit
No Available Photos
46 Members Also There at Same Time
Aviation Section, Signal Corps

Eielson, Carl Benjamin, 1st Lt [Other Service Rank]
Lackland, Frank Dorwin, Brig Gen, (1905-1942) A33 AAF MOS 770 [Other Service Rank]
McChord, William Caldwell, Col, (1907-1937) [Other Service Rank]
Monthan, Oscar, 1st Lt, (1917-1924) [Other Service Rank]
Russel, William Muir, 1st Lt, (1917-1918) [Other Service Rank]
Wingate, Harry Lynwood, Maj, (1917-1919) 00 [Other Service Rank]
Carberry, Joseph Eugene, Lt Col, (1914-1924) A33 AAF MOS 770 Lieutenant Colonel
Andrews, Frank Maxwell, Lt Gen, (1902-1943) Major
Hensley, William Nicholas, Col, (1901-1929) Major
Lufbery, Gervais Raoul V., Maj, (1907-1918) A33 AAF MOS 770 Major
Mitchel, John Purroy, Maj, (1917-1918) Major
Robins, Augustine Warner, Brig Gen, (1904-1940) Major
Baldwin, Thomas Scott, Maj, (1917-1919) 01 Captain
Carlström, Victor, 1st Lt, (1917-1917) A33 AAF MOS 770 First Lieutenant
Cook, Everett Richard, Brig Gen, (1917-1945) First Lieutenant
France, Howard James, 1st Lt, (1913-1918) A33 AAF MOS 770 First Lieutenant
Page, Richard C. M., Capt, (1917-1919) A33 AAF MOS 770 First Lieutenant
Patterson, Frank Stuart, 1st Lt, (1917-1918) A33 AAF MOS 770 First Lieutenant
Russel, William Muir, 1st Lt, (1917-1918) A33 AAF MOS 770 First Lieutenant
Shaw, Ervin David, 1st Lt, (1913-1918) A33 AAF MOS 770 First Lieutenant
Wright, Jack Morris, 1st Lt, (1917-1918) A33 AAF MOS 770 First Lieutenant
Bellows, Franklin Barney, 2nd Lt, (1917-1918) Second Lieutenant
Biggs, James Berthes, 1st Lt, (1917-1918) Second Lieutenant
Bleckley, Erwin Russell, 2nd Lt, (1917-1918) Second Lieutenant
Brookley, Wendell Holsworth, Capt, (1917-1934) A33 AAF MOS 770 Second Lieutenant
Brooks, Sidney Johnson, 2nd Lt Second Lieutenant
Chennault, Claire Lee, Lt Gen, (1917-1945) Second Lieutenant
Clay, Henry Robinson, 1st Lt, (1917-1919) Second Lieutenant
Davis, Samuel Howard, 2nd Lt, (1917-1921) A33 AAF MOS 770 Second Lieutenant
Eaker, Ira Clarence, Gen, (1917-1947) Second Lieutenant
Foster, Arthur Lee, 1st Lt, (1917-1925) A33 AAF MOS 770 Second Lieutenant
Goettler, Harold Ernest, 1st Lt, (1917-1918) 11 Second Lieutenant
Hooper, Parr, 1st Lt, (1917-1918) A33 AAF MOS 770 Second Lieutenant
Howard, Charles Harold, Capt, (1918-1936) Second Lieutenant
Keesler, Samuel Reeves, 2nd Lt, (1917-1918) Second Lieutenant
Landis, Reed Gresham, Col, (1916-1954) Second Lieutenant
Macready, John Arthur, Col, (1917-1948) Second Lieutenant
March, Peyton Conway, 2nd Lt, (1917-1918) Second Lieutenant
Mather, Carl Spencer, 2nd Lt, (1917-1918) Second Lieutenant
Maxwell, William Calvin, 2nd Lt, (1917-1920) A33 AAF MOS 770 Second Lieutenant
McClellan, Hezekiah, Maj, (1917-1936) Second Lieutenant
Ramey, Howard Knox, Brig Gen, (1917-1943) Second Lieutenant
Spence, Thomas Louis, 2nd Lt, (1917-1918) A33 AAF MOS 770 Second Lieutenant
Tyndall, Frank Benjamin, 1st Lt, (1916-1930) Second Lieutenant
Whitney, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Col, (1916-1945) A33 AAF MOS 770 Second Lieutenant
Barksdale, Eugene Hoy, 1st Lt, (1918-1926) Private First Class
Carruthers, William Keen, Pvt, (1904-1917) 00 Private

Copyright Inc 2003-2011