366th Bomber Squadron, 305th Bomber Group, Heavy
Buried at Lorraine American Cemetery in St. Avold, France
Enlisted on August 13, 1942, in Fort Oglethorpe, GA
Born in Lincoln County, KY
Parents: C.A. and Sara Miracle Keesling
Siblings: Mildred and Nancy L. Keesling

Edward Keesling was a ball turret gunner on Aircraft # 42-29553, which departed from Chelveston, England on a heavy bombing mission to Gelsenkirchen, Germany. It was hit by two large bursts of flak and by enemy fighters. The plane crashed near Muenchen-Gladbach, Germany. 8 Of the crewmembers were killed, 2 were taken prisoner of war.

Crew members
Pilot, 2nd Lt Wright E. Gerke
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Thomas Read
Navigator, 2nd Lt Joseph S. Costa
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Jack J. Little
Top Turret Gunner, T/Sgt Harry L. Fullerton
Radio Operator, S/Sgt James L. Chalker Jr.
Right Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Herbert A. Kalwa
Left Waist Gunner, Sgt Joe W. Rowlison
Tail Gunner. S/Sgt Joseph J. Hall
Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Richard F. Keesling

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 30 October 1921
  • Date of death: 12 August 1943
  • County: Knox
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 366th Bomber Squadron, 305th Bomber Group, Heavy
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold (Moselle), France
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Middle Panel
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