Clark Field Memorial to Captain Colin P. Kelly, Jr
Took from Clark Field piloting B-17C 40-2045 on the first American bombing mission of WWII. The origianl runway location is under the present day road (visible to the left of the memorial), and the original five large hangers are located to the left.
The plaque reads:
"Captain Colin P. Kelly - America's First Hero of World War II -
Captain Colin P. Kelly flew on a mission with his crew aboard the U.S. aircraft known as the "Flying Fortress' sucessfully bombing the Japanese cruiser in Aparri, Cagayan in 1941. He died on his way back to Clark when his plane was attacked by a Japanese Zero fighter piloted by Lt. Saburo Sakai. He was posthumusly awarded the 'Distinguished Service Cross' by General Douglas MacArthur and President Franklin Roosevelt. Kelly was the first West Pointer in U.S. history to fly the Flying Fortress. Marker installed September 1, 2002 Clark Development Corporation."
Credit: Justin Taylan Date: July 10, 2005
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