In Memory of
U.S. Army Air Force Second Lieutenant
Kay Velotte Cashman
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Minnehaha County
February 16, 1924 – July 18, 1944
Killed in Action over Buchenberg, Germany

Kay Velotte Cashman

Kay Velotte Cashman was born February 16, 1924, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Fred and Catharine Cashman. Raised and educated in Sioux Falls, Kay worked at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls in the months before entering the service.

In September of 1942, Kay entered active service at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. He received his navigator’s wings and commission at Selman Field, Monroe, Alabama, in December of 1943. On March 16, 1944, Lt. K.V. Cashman went overseas to the European theater. Cashman participated in “shuttle bombing missions, landing in Russia, and was over Vienna, the Ploesti oil fields and Budapest on recent raids,” according to a newspaper clipping.

On July 18, 1944, Lt. Kay Velotte Cashman was killed in action over Buchenberg, Germany. In a letter from the Department of the Army to Kay’s parents, were these words:

Your son’s bomber was shot down by enemy fighters … his aircraft, identified
by serial number, crashed at Buchenberg … The aircraft was almost completely
destroyed. This information was obtained from captured German documents which
further report the capture of one survivor, former Staff Sergeant Stephen Jaski. The
German records which are notably accurate in reporting crashes and the capture of
Survivors, fail to indicate that any other crew members survived…

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator, Spearfish, South Dakota. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment and a newspaper clipping.