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Leland E Karpe

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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 16-Aug-44, he was the Co-pilot aboard B-17 #43-37879 'Wrinkled Belly Baby' of the 334th Bomb Squadron, 95th Bomb Group, when it was downed over Remsdorf, Germany in a mid air collision, A/C crashed at Rohrdorf. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 8176

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

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Robert Williams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Mid air collision and crashed at Rohmdorf on 8/16/44 in B-17 Wrinkled BellyBaby #4237879 POW

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

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.

Enlisted Santa Ana, California, USA 16 March 1943
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 Rohrdorf, Germany 16 August 1944

Mid air collision over Remsdorf in B-17 43-37879 'Wrinkled Belly Baby' crashed Rohrdorf. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 8176

Buried Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

He is buried at the US Military Cemetery at St. Avold, France.
Plot F Row 13 Grave 35

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2020 19:23:20 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2020 22:09:49 Al_Skiff Changes to events
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https://www.fold3.com/image/28663159
https://www.fold3.com/image/311039304
https://www.fold3.com/image/119436908
https://www.fold3.com/record/85019852-leland-e-karpe
https://www.fold3.com/record/529896006-leland-e-karpe
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56656891/leland-e-karpe

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2020 22:08:50 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28663159
https://www.fold3.com/image/311039304
https://www.fold3.com/image/119436908
https://www.fold3.com/record/85019852-leland-e-karpe
https://www.fold3.com/record/529896006-leland-e-karpe
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56656891/leland-e-karpe

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2020 21:23:09 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

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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