Richard F. Kenney



Preferred Name: 
Dick

Nickname/Call Sign:

Date of Birth: March 2, 1920 (December 11, 2014)

Highest Military Grade Held:

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Biography

Richard was born in 1920, was from San Diego, had completed 2 years of college.  He enlisted at Ft. Rosecrans, CA and on October 28, 1942, was accepted into the Aviation Cadet Program.
The following is from Barbi Ennis, a friend of Kenney’s family (her father Ed Ennis flew B-25’s in the MTO with Kenney):
The day he was shot down would have been his ACE score and he ended up in Stalag Luft III.  He had a Mission several days before and one of our B-25’s flying thousands of feet above snapped a shot at the exact moment his bomb hit the troop carrier and he was blown sideways… he described it as a PUFF, billowing explosion of the carrier and a clear picture of his fighter being pitched sideways… He only saw the picture for minutes only, put it away and flew off on his last Mission and shot-down.  It did not return home with his other things.
I looked at a gazillion pictures and never found the picture or who took that photo.  It would not have been a Mission photo, just a stroke of luck photo-op.  Dick assured me he would get to see it once he got to Heaven, I sure would like to have found it to share with the world!
Lt Kenney was shot-down June 15, 1943 and became a POW in Stalag Luft III. He survived numerous injuries and mistreatment and was liberated June 8, 1945.
For more of Richard Kenney’s history go to: http://www.coronadonewsca.com/news/coronado_island_news/coronado-s-avenue-of-the-heroes-colonel-richard-f-kenney/article_c901cab2-20f1-11e5-ae43-d7389fab2b27.html

Units Assigned

  • 721st Fighter Day Squadron/322nd Fighter Day Group, Foster AFB, TX
  • 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan (F-100)
  • 185tn Tactical Fighter Squadron, IAANG Sioux City, IA
  • 95th Tactical Fighter Squadron,  ANG Andrews AFB, MD
  • 354th Tactical Fighter Wing, Myrtle Beach AFB, SC
  • FWIC Nellis AFB, NV
  • George AFB, CA

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

P-38
B-25
P-51
F-100

Military Education

Civilian Education

Richard F. Kenney – Headed West, December 11, 2014 (story  Coronado’s “Avenue Of The Heroes” … Colonel Richard F. Kenney, U.S. Air Force by Joseph Ditler, Coronado Eagle and Journal)
He shot down Messerschmitts in one-on-one duels high in the skies above the European theatre of war; he bluffed another one out of the sky with aggressive flying when his guns jammed. He survived the ordeal of captivity in German POW camps that later inspired the movie, “The Great Escape,” and he somehow lived through a forced march in the worst snowstorm of the century. This was Coronado’s Colonel Richard Kenney.
Colonel Kenney passed peacefully in his sleep, on the morning of Dec. 11, 2014, at his home in Coronado. He was 94, and the last known surviving member of Coronado High School’s Class of 1938. His was a life well lived, and now he is being honored and remembered along Coronado’s Avenue of the Heroes.

Biography

Biography

Richard was born in 1920, was from San Diego, had completed 2 years of college.  He enlisted at Ft. Rosecrans, CA and on October 28, 1942, was accepted into the Aviation Cadet Program.
The following is from Barbi Ennis, a friend of Kenney’s family (her father Ed Ennis flew B-25’s in the MTO with Kenney):
The day he was shot down would have been his ACE score and he ended up in Stalag Luft III.  He had a Mission several days before and one of our B-25’s flying thousands of feet above snapped a shot at the exact moment his bomb hit the troop carrier and he was blown sideways… he described it as a PUFF, billowing explosion of the carrier and a clear picture of his fighter being pitched sideways… He only saw the picture for minutes only, put it away and flew off on his last Mission and shot-down.  It did not return home with his other things.
I looked at a gazillion pictures and never found the picture or who took that photo.  It would not have been a Mission photo, just a stroke of luck photo-op.  Dick assured me he would get to see it once he got to Heaven, I sure would like to have found it to share with the world!
Lt Kenney was shot-down June 15, 1943 and became a POW in Stalag Luft III. He survived numerous injuries and mistreatment and was liberated June 8, 1945.
For more of Richard Kenney’s history go to: http://www.coronadonewsca.com/news/coronado_island_news/coronado-s-avenue-of-the-heroes-colonel-richard-f-kenney/article_c901cab2-20f1-11e5-ae43-d7389fab2b27.html

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 721st Fighter Day Squadron/322nd Fighter Day Group, Foster AFB, TX
  • 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan (F-100)
  • 185tn Tactical Fighter Squadron, IAANG Sioux City, IA
  • 95th Tactical Fighter Squadron,  ANG Andrews AFB, MD
  • 354th Tactical Fighter Wing, Myrtle Beach AFB, SC
  • FWIC Nellis AFB, NV
  • George AFB, CA

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

P-38
B-25
P-51
F-100

Military Education

Civilian Education

Photos
Headed West

Richard F. Kenney – Headed West, December 11, 2014 (story  Coronado’s “Avenue Of The Heroes” … Colonel Richard F. Kenney, U.S. Air Force by Joseph Ditler, Coronado Eagle and Journal)
He shot down Messerschmitts in one-on-one duels high in the skies above the European theatre of war; he bluffed another one out of the sky with aggressive flying when his guns jammed. He survived the ordeal of captivity in German POW camps that later inspired the movie, “The Great Escape,” and he somehow lived through a forced march in the worst snowstorm of the century. This was Coronado’s Colonel Richard Kenney.
Colonel Kenney passed peacefully in his sleep, on the morning of Dec. 11, 2014, at his home in Coronado. He was 94, and the last known surviving member of Coronado High School’s Class of 1938. His was a life well lived, and now he is being honored and remembered along Coronado’s Avenue of the Heroes.

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