I am the great nephew of 2nd Lt. Russel E. Kenoyer. I was wondering what information any may have in way of the mission he was flying at time of being shot down. If anyone new the name of his plane, the rough markings of his plane, and better yet pictures of his plane. The only pics I have are of him in the cockpit of a t-6 at training, a pic with some of his buddies, and a pic he sent home supposedly of him flying in Duncans plane "Golden Wave" E9-D.
What I know is he was 361st, 376th. And appears to have been flying E9 L with the the nose art of "Frances" which doesnt make sense plus I have no pics of this craft, but may make more sense to someone more in the know. I have been told he was taken down straffing an aerodrome, but that has not been confirmed. My family doesnt even know if there was a body in the casket we buried.
Any help would be great guys, help me shed some more light into my Uncles past.
Your Uncle went down on the 16th April 1945 after the group strafed Kircham, Reichersburg, Pocking and Muhldorf airfields.
Will speak to the group historian and see if we can find out more for you. Someone may have the MACR (Missing Aircrew Crash Report).
Jason thanks so much for help. I did know the date he was put down, but you already have told me more than I knew.
Any other information would be so beneficial. I have all of his letters he sent home, and have talked with his fiancee but thats about where the trail ends.
Just spoken to Steve Gotts, the Group historian, he thinks he may have a copy of the MACR and possibly even a photo of E9-L. He's going to look into and will be back to me in a few days time.
In the meantime if you do have any of your uncle's memorabilia you would like to copy or donate we are opening a museum dedicated to the 361st FG in one of the group's old buildings in Bottisham, Cambs, UK.
Thats awesome news! Thanks so much for your help. I will talk to my great grandmother and see what else we have kicking around that I can get copied over to send to you--i have a few photo's and I should be able to get his letters copied.
Photo's of his plane would be huge, and a copy of the MACR would be so informative!
I have just been going through all my father's things after his recent passing. He also flew in P-51s in the 361st / 376 with Lt. Kenoyer. I found a snapshot of him in my dad's album. If you like, send me your e-mail address and I will shoot it out to you.
Stewart Chalmers (son of Allen Chalmers).
thank so much for the photo! This is one my family does not have in their collection till now--you have passed on a heirloom to us and it is beyond appreciated!
My name is Debbie Kenoyer and my husband Scott is Russell E. Kenoyer's nephew! I happened upon this site while searching Russell's name as I am really getting into our Family History! Russell was my father-in-law Winfreds youngest brother.
If you still have a copy of that picture of Russell and would be willing to e-mail me a copy, I would really appreciate it.
Thanks for any help you can give us...
Russell E. Kenoyer is my husband Scott's Uncle...Scott's Dad was Winfred. We have very little information on Russell and I was wondering if you would be willing to e-mail a copy of pictures of him to us.
Thanks for any family history you can give to us!
Just came across your post. I have forwarded a couple of pictures from my late father's albums. Hope they are of some help!
For anyone else researching the 361st looking for pictures from '44 - '45, post a message.... if I can find anything I will be happy to send it your way!
(son of then Lt. Allen "Jim" Chalmers)
My sincere apologies. I havent checked this site in over a year. I just emailed you a bunch of info!
Thanks so much