Following is the book references to Joseph Kennedy Jr. but there is a lot behind the scenes.
Kennedy had flown fifty missions looking for Uboats in the Channel. He was not involved in any action. Even though he could come home and push the concept he was a hero it was really not true. He was not involved in any action. So when this mission came up he took it upon himself to put himself in harms way and take a shot at a real action hero situation.
He figured it would get him elected President and be the foundation for his run.
Joseph Patrick “Joe” Kennedy Jr. (July 25, 1915 – August 12, 1944) was a United States Navy lieutenant. He was killed in action while serving as a land-based patrol bomber pilot in World War II and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. He was the eldest of nine children born to Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (1888–1969) and Rose Fitzgerald (1890–1995).
He was the elder brother of future president John F. Kennedy. Joe Sr. had plans for Joe Jr. to become president.[page needed] However, Kennedy died while participating in a top-secret mission in 1944, and the high expectations of the father then fell upon Joe Jr’s younger brother John.
Note his father had high ambitions for his first son. But Kennedy was assigned to puff missions and he choose to go for the brass ring and take a chance. It would cost him his life.
Look at the mission. He and his copilot would fly the plane to the big artillery piece, point the plane to hit the area near the piece. They would bail out before the plane would hit the ground. Sounds like the basis of 9-11. Taking a plane and using it as a weapon.
Kennedy was appointed a lieutenant on July 1, 1944. After the U.S. Army Air Forces operation missions were drawn up on July 23, 1944, Lieutenants Wilford John Willy and Kennedy, were designated as the first Navy flight crew. Willy who was the executive officer of Special Air Unit ONE, also volunteered for the mission and “pulled rank” over Ensign James Simpson who was Kennedy’s regular co-pilot. Kennedy and Willy (co-pilot), flew a BQ-8 “robot” aircraft (drone; a converted B-24 Liberator) for the U.S. Navy’s first Aphrodite mission. Two Lockheed Ventura mother planes and a Boeing B-17 navigation plane took off from RAF Fersfield at 1800 on August 12, 1944. Then the BQ-8 aircraft, loaded with 21,170 lb (9,600 kg) of Torpex, took off. It was to be used against the U-boat pens at Heligoland in the North Sea.
Following behind them in a USAAF F-8 Mosquito to film the mission were pilot Lt. Robert A. Tunnel and combat camera man Lt. David J. McCarthy, who filmed the event from the perspex nose. As planned, Kennedy and Willy remained aboard as the BQ-8 completed its first remote-controlled turn at 2,000 feet near the North Sea coast. Kennedy and Willy removed the safety pin, arming the explosive package, and Kennedy radioed the agreed code Spade Flush, his last known words. Two minutes later (and well before the planned crew bailout, near RAF Manston), the Torpex explosive detonated prematurely and destroyed the Liberator, killing Kennedy and Willy instantly. Wreckage landed near the village of Blythburgh in Suffolk, England, causing widespread damage and small fires, but no injuries on the ground. According to one report, a total of 59 buildings were damaged in a nearby coastal town.
|Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.|
Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., U.S.Navy (c. 1942)
|Born||Joseph Patrick Kennedy Jr.
July 25, 1915
Hull, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||August 12, 1944 (aged 29)
Over Blythburgh, East Suffolk, United Kingdom (remains never recovered)
|Cause of death||Naval airplane explosion during Operation Aphrodite|
London School of Economics
Harvard Law School
|Occupation||U.S. Naval Aviator|
|Parent(s)||Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.
|Relatives||See Kennedy family|
|Memorial – Wall of the Missing||Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1941–1944|
|Unit||Patrol Squadron 203
Bombing Squadron 110, Special Air Unit 1
|Battles/wars||World War II|