see Geminder Crew , Crashed on landing, training flight, Kayo (#1) KIA 8

717th Squadron

717logoEdward J. Sass, Jr. was the origi­nal C.O. from June ‘43 to December ’44. Shelby McArthur became C.O. in December ‘44 and remained so until February ‘45. From February ‘45 to May ’45, Wilbur Parker was the C.O.


The first of three ships named “Kayo.” Acquired by 449th on 6 April ’44. All were crewed by Sgt. John Elza, assistant crew chief. Crashed on 21 May ’44 on a ferry flight with J. W. Brown as the pilot while returning a stranded crew to base that had landed at another field. Also aboard was ground crew member John Firth, mechanic, who went along to take a short flight in a B-24.

Pictures of Kayo [#1]


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