Kyne, Joseph B., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1035-Bombardier
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 1035, 359th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
359th Bomb Squadron
Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
Jan 11, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Clay Center Cemetery - Clay Center, Nebraska
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy359th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1035, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1035, 359th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Very little information has been found concerning the early life of Joseph B. Kyne. It is recorded that his birth date was March 10, 1921. Information gathered from the application for a headstone for him reveals that Arthur S. Kyne, of North Hollywood, California, was his father. One source states he was born in Nebraska; another says California. No military or Census data has been located for him or the family.

It is not known when he entered military service, but judging from his age, rank, and assignment dates, 1942 would be a logical assumption. The first appearance in the military record is on November 14, 1943, when he was assigned as a member of the combat crew led by Lt Purcell.

His first combat mission was flown on December 11, 1943, and he would be dispatched on five more (with one being an abortive sortie.) On January 11, 1944, the Purcell crew was part of a raid on the German city of Oschersleben.

After take-off and assembly, a recall was issued. Most of the bombers and all fighter escort turned back to England. One bomber commander claimed later that he heard no recall, so led his element to the target. Some of the bombers reached the target and hit it, but ten aircraft were shot down before reaching the target.

With no fighter support, the bombers were open to attack by enemy fighters. The Luftwaffe launched some 300 fighters against the small formation. Serial attacks by several planes made concerted attacks on the bombers. Purcell's plane, according to observers, was badly damaged. It fell out of formation and one wing came off. It then rolled over and exploded. No parachutes were seen. The wreckage fell near Lippen, Germany.

All crewmen, evidently killed, were recovered by the Germans and buried in a cemetery in Lemgo, Germany. After the war, according to the request for headstone record (8/31/1949), Kyne was returned to the U.S. and buried in the Clay Center Cemetery in Clay Center, Nebraska.
Application for Headstone, OQMG Form 623


Joseph B. Kyne was assigned duties as bombardier on B-17F # 42-29894, nicknamed "Baltimore Bounce," assigned to the 359th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 1928 and mission lists confirm the crew consisted of:

2 Lt William A. Purcell     p
2 Lt Francis D. Krohn    c-p
2 Lt Marvin H. Mussett    nav
2 Lt Joseph B. Kyne   bomb
SSgt Peter C. Castriciano    eng/tt gun
SSgt James C. Beeny    r/o
Sgt  Leon N. Faner   btg
Sgt  Kermit W. Nye   lwg
Sgt  H.R. Eastburn   rwg
Sgt  John N. Swanson  tail gun

In the crew photo, Kyne is in the back row, 4th from left.

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