- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: August 12, 1944
Time: 18:20
Location: Blythburgh, England
Operator: Military - U.S. Navy
Flight #: -
Route: ?
AC Type: Consolidated PB4Y-1
Registration: 32271
cn / ln: ?
Aboard: 2   (passengers:?  crew:?)
Fatalities: 2   (passengers:?  crew:?)
Ground: 0
Summary: Navy lieutenant Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., 29, brother of President John F. Kennedy, was killed while on a flying mission over England during World War II. Kennedy volunteered for operation Aphrodite after completing two full combat tours and was killed when the explosive-laden PB4Y he was flying blew up in air. He was intending to aim the ship and bail out, leaving another aircraft to guide the PB4Y via remote control to a German submarine pen on the French coast; it apparently exploded when he armed the switches. The photographic chase plane had President Franklin Roosevelt's son, Elliot Roosevelt, on board.
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