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Leland E Karpe

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) Mid air collision and crashed at Rohmdorf in B-17 Wrinkled Belly Baby #4237879

2nd Lieutenant Leland E. Karpe was born July 12, 1923. His next of kin were his wife, Elnora Karpe, his mother, Florence Karpe, and his sister, Margaret Karpe. He was from Bakersfield, California.
On August 16, 1944, he was the Copilot aboard B-17 tail #43-37879 of the 95th Bomb Group, 334th Bomb Squadron, when it was downed over Remsdorf, Germany.
He is buried at the US Military Cemetery at St. Avold, France.

Service

Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-37879 'Wrinkled Belly Baby'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 29/9/43; Gr Island 22/10/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [BG-U] Horham 11/11/43; with W.P. Kelley force landed Attlebridge afb, Suffolk, 11/12/43; two days later the u/c would not extend and force landed at Honington AFB with H.M. Powers, Co...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hammond, Indiana, USA 12 July 1923

2nd Lieutenant Leland E. Karpe was born July 12, 1923. His next of kin were his wife, Elnora Karpe, his mother, Florence Karpe, and his sister, Margaret Karpe. He was from Bakersfield, California.

Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 16 August 1944

On August 16, 1944, he was the Copilot aboard B-17 tail #43-37879 of the 95th Bomb Group, 334th Bomb Squadron, when it was downed over Remsdorf, Germany.

Died 16 August 1944
Buried Saint-Avold, France

He is buried at the US Military Cemetery at St. Avold, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2015 00:09:53 WW2 Researcher Bill Beigel Changes to biography and events
Sources

IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8176 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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