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Edward Walter Appel

Military

Edward Appel was one of the few Pilots who completed tours both in a Bomber Group (30 missions) and as a fighter pilot (17 missions) in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). His bomber was the B-24 Liberator the Latrine Rumor, B-24 (Number 42-95199). The last missions of both tours he was shot down and evaded the enemy. On Sept 5, 1944 he was shot down in a B-24 (Liberator 44-50511) near Surbourg France, evaded the enemy, and was recovered Nov 23, 1944 by US Troops in Hochfelden France. Near Mühldorf Germany on April 16, 1945 in P-47 (serial number 44-21230) he was shot down again and believed KIA, but was again evaded the enemy and recovered by US Troops on 26 April 1945.

Service

People

  • Paul Anderson

    Military | Captain | Observer | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Surburg in B-24 #4250511

  • William Beasley

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Surburg in B-24 #4250511 on 9/5/44

  • Charles Davis

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Surburg in B-24 #42-50511, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Kenneth Frazee

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW). Was Pilot of B-24 #42-50511 which crashed near Surbourg, Alsace, France on 5 September 1944. MACR 8599.

  • Curtis Hodges

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed Near Surburg in B-24 #4250511

  • Raymond Keller

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Surburg on 9/5/44 in B-24 #4250511

  • Maynard Latten

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 389th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed near Surburg in B-24 #4250511

  • Theodore Rachel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 389th Bomb Group
    Crashed near Surburg in B-24 42-50511, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Steele

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Surbug in B-24 #4250511

  • Charles Steinforth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 389th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Crashed near Surburg on 9/5/44 in B-24 #4250511

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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Group
    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 62nd Fighter Squadron
  • Headquarters (93rd Bomb Group)

Aircraft

  • 42-50511

    B-24 Liberator
    This plane was piloted by Lt Frazee and co-pilot Captain Edward Appel on its last mission on 5 September 1944. Its target was the Marshalling yards near Karlsruhe. It was flying deputy lead and on formation instruments nearly all the way. Just before...

  • 44-21230

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Republic P-47M-1-RE, serial number 44-21230, coded LM-A for the 62nd Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group. ...

  • 42-95199 The Latrine Rumor

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24H Liberator (serial number 42-95199) of the 93rd Bomb Group. ...

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ironton, MN, USA 14 April 1917

Son of Simon Peter and Bertha Frances [Ecker] Appel.

Enlisted 29 July 1940

Enlisted in Army

Enlisted 19 May 1943

Enlisted in Aviation Cadets

Accepted Commission as 1st Lt 20 August 1943

Accepted commission as 1st Lt

Date leaving for War in Europe 23 February 1944 – 1 March 1944

Traveling to EAMET

Based Hethel 5 September 1944

B24 Liberator Pilot with the 445th, 93rd, and 389th Bomber groups. Only mission with the 389th was his last bomber mission. He was the copilot with Lt Frazee's crew.

Evadee Surbourg, France 5 September 1944 – 23 November 1944

Crashed on last B 24 mission. Was an evadee in France near Surboug, 80 days from 30th Bomber mission, B24 #4250511. He was kept hidden by the French famer Louis Wencker until liberated by US troops on 23rd Nov. 1944.

Based Boxted 3 January 1945 – 16 April 1945

P46 Thunderbolt Pilot with the 56th fighter group 62nd fighter squadron.

Evadee Zangberg, Germany 16 April 1945 – 26 April 1945

Evadee in Germany near Zangberg by Munich after being shot on April 16th, 1945, when strafing the Mühldorf Aerodrome. He traveled by foot and hid out for 10 days, obtaining food and drink from farmers. P-47 #4421230

Returned from War in Europe 6 June 1945 – 22 June 1945

Returning to USA

Reserve service Redfield, SD 57469, USA 1946 – 14 April 1977

Continued in the Air Force Reserved, retiring as a Lt. Col. in 1977. The SD group was disbanded.

Separation from Service 16 December 1946

Separation from Army Air Corp at Ft Sheridan.

Buried Redfield, SD 57469, USA February 1997

Saint Bernard Cemetery
Redfield
Spink County
South Dakota, USA

Died Redfield, SD 57469, USA 3 February 1997

Edward was born April 14, 1917 in Minnesota and died February 3rd, 1997 in Redfield SD. He moved to Redfield in 1921, and enlisted in the army in July 29th 1940, was part of the 81st School Squadron 1941 at Stockton Field, CA. He was part of the 445th, 93rd, and 389th Bomb Groups before transferring to the 56th Fighter Group. On his 30th Bomber mission, Sept 5th 1944 he was shot down near Surbough, France and evaded the enemy for 80 days with the help of a French farmer. On his 17th fighter mission, April 16th 1945 he was shot down again as the pilot of a P47 near Munich and evaded the enemy for 10 days on foot. He returned to Redfield, married Crystal Crook, had 6 children and owned the business Appel Oil Co.

Revisions

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22 July 2016 15:51:28 Al_Skiff Changes to service number and events
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http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Appel&GSfn=Edward&...
https://www.fold3.com/page/67620964_edward_w%20appel/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/84936973_edward_w%20appel/details/

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Julian Pendolino

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09 June 2015 15:04:00 Lucy May Changes to biography and events
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Brought in information from two other duplicate entries. Now includes information from the following sources:
Birsic / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia
Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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19 May 2015 16:58:12 Lucy May Changes to biography and events
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Combined two entries for Edward W Appel. This entry now contains information from the following sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13863 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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Juliann Pendolino

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Juliann Pendolino

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Juliann Pendolino, daughter

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Juliann Pendolino, daughter

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Juliann Pendolino, daughter

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Edward's highest rank in WW2 was Major, and then he was in the reserves as a LTC. Juliann Pendolino, daughter

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Correspondence with Juliann Pendolino, Edward Appel's daughter.

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Juliann Pendolino, daughter of Edward Appel

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Juliann Pendolino, daughter of Edward Appel

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Juliann Pendolino, daughter of Edward Appel

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Juliann Pendolino, daughter of Edward Appel

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Juliann Pendolino, daughter of Edward Appel

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Juliann Pendolino, daughter of Edward Appel

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Juliann Pendolino, daughter of Edward Appel

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Juliann Pendolino, daughter of Edward Appel

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Juliann Pendolino, daughter of Edward Appel

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Juliann Pendolino, daughter of Edward Appel

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8599 / MACR 8599 & SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Company, D790.A2S45, 1998, page 197 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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