Enrico Carpini


Object Number - UPL 30233 - Enrico "Rick" Carpini Radio Gunner B-17 #42-37978 "Ka-Lang" 305th BG/365th Bomber Squadron

My dad, Enrico 'Rick' Carpini was from Linden, NJ and served as a radio gunner on a B-17G with the 305th Bomb Group/365th Bomb Squadron. He flew 30 missions from 1/4/44-5/22/44. The pilot was John F. Schleifer from Buffalo, NY.

The majority of his missions were on #42-37978 named "Ka-Lang" (the sound that shrapnel made as it hit the fuselage). As best as can be determined, "Ka-Lang" was assigned to another crew on or about 5/13/44, was hit by flak, lost one engine and had only a half hour of fuel remaining. The pilot turned north and landed in Sweden.

This was confirmed by Vivian Rogers-Price, research director at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force. I have no reference on which plane my father served on his last two missions on 5/20/44 and 5/22/44.


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Units served with


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 305th Bomb Group Can Do
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ka-Lang
  • Unit: 305th Bomb Group Can Do 365th Bomb Squadron



Event Location Date Description
Linden, NJ, USA


Date13 Oct 2017 11:29:35

USAAF military records, info obtained from Vivian Rogers-Price, Ph.D., Research Center Director National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, and entries made in my father's personal diary from 1944.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:09:10

305th Bomb Group Roster / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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