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Captain Colin Kelly, Jr.

Born: July 11, 1915, Madison, Florida
Died: December 10, 1941, Clark Field, Philippines

Captain Colin Purdie Kelly, Jr. was a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress pilot who flew bombing runs against the Japanese navy in the first days after the Pearl Harbor attack.

What do you know about Colin Kelly, Jr. Salute him with  this World War 2 History Made Easy Quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Alan's Dad (WW2 Vet) - Trivia powered by ABE1. He is remembered as a war hero for sacrificing his own life to save his crew when his plane became the first American B-17 to be shot down in combat. Colin Kelly has been called the first American hero of the Second World War.

  • Fact or Myth?

2. On December 10, 1941, Kelly's plane lifted off from Clark Field in the Philippines. During its bombing run, Kelly's bomber hit a Japanese cruiser . What was the Japanese cruiser?

  • Ashigara
  • Haruna
  • Banshee

3. On its return flight the bomber came under attack by Zeros, one of which was piloted by famed Japanese flying ace Saburo Sakai.

  • Fact or Myth?

4. Kelly stayed at the controls of the badly damaged aircraft so that the surviving crew members could bail out. Beside Kelly, who was the only crew member killed?

  • Tail gunner
  • Bombardier
  • Waist gunner

5. Due to his selfless acts of courage, what awarded was he given the on December 10, 1941, the second highest award for heroism in the nation, by General Douglas MacArthur.

  • Distinguished Service Cross
  • Medal of Honor
  • Silver Star

6. What year did he graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point?

  • 1937
  • 1940
  • 1930

7. Where is Kelly first buried?

  • Manila Cemetery, Manila, Philippines
  • Clark Field, Philippines
  • Corregidor Island Cemetery, Corregidor, Philippines

8. Where is Captain Colin Kelly, Jr. buried?

  • Chapel Of The Pines Crematory, Los Angeles, California
  • Oak Ridge Cemetery, Madison, Florida
  • Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, Connecticut


Captain Colin Kelly, Jr.

  1. Fact
  2. Ashigara
  3. Fact
  4. Waist gunner
  5. Distinguished Service Cross
  6. 1937
  7. Clark Field, Philippines
  8. Oak Ridge Cemetery, Madison, Florida

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