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P-51 Mustang

Piloted by Joseph Kapr on an escort mission in the afternoon of 4 August 1944, the aircraft saw its oil pressure dropping. Soon after the engine was seen smoknig and Kapr radioed at 18,000ft that he was going to bail out. He was seen to land in the water not far from a fishing boat, but wingmen circling again the area didn't seen him or any dinghy in the water. John Kapr is still listed as Missing In Action (MIA).



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  • Joseph Kapr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 361st Fighter Group
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Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Over Water (OW) North Sea 4 August 1944

near Helgoland, North Frisian Islands, Germany


Date Contributor Update
16 February 2019 14:15:11 ED-BB Changes to markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations

MACR 7737

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:14 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 7737 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database