Jerry B Kennedy        
           
      Jerry B Kennedy

Jerry B Kennedy was a fighter pilot during WWII.  He flew a FM2 Wildcat with Air Squadron VC-97 while attached to the USS Shipley Bay.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight operations against Japanese held bases in the vicinity of Nansei Shoto. During the period 9 April 1945 to 18 May 1945 he participated in twenty strikes against the enemy.

Photographs and documents from Jerry's service are shown below including the Distinguished Flying Cross Citation.

 
 
 
           
           
   
           
  Jerry B. Kennedy piloting his FM2 Wildcat.  Air Squadron VC-97's "Fishhook" insignia can be seen in this photo.  
           
           
     
 
 
   
           
  Jerry B. Kennedy's archive collection includes this Air Squadron VC-97 Commissioning photograph.  Jerry has one of the few remaining Squadron VC-97 Farewell books he helped publish.  This green felt covered book has been scanned in high resolution and can be viewed by clicking on the book page below.

 
         
           
   
           
 

Jerry B Kennedy's Distinguished Flying Cross Citation

 
           
           
   
           
  Jerry B. Kennedy receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight operations against Japanese held bases in the vicinity of Nansei Shoto.  
           
           
           
 
 
     
           
   
           
  Jerry B. Kennedy's artwork can be seen in the USS Shipley Bay News Buoys.  The 21 July 1945 edition was a farewell "Wave Off" edition to Air Squadron VC-97.  All of the sketches in this edition were provided by Jerry.  The front cover is shown above with Jerry's sketch of Mark Twain Whittier.  Click [here] to read the complete edition.  
           
           
           
   
           
  Jerry B Kennedy's collection of photographs and documents have been archived in a digital album.  To view this album  in separate album window [Click Here]  
           
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