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Carl Franklin Chapman Jr

Military

Capt Carl F. Chapman Jr. attended North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Georgia.

Statement from Theodore R. Peargy, 1st Lt, Air Corps, Pilot, 497th Bomb Sq.:"After bombs were dropped over target, aircraft was hit by flak. One engine appeared to be afire. Aircraft was making a bank to the right when it went into a spin. Members of my crew watched the descent of the aircraft. It appeared to be under control at an altitude of approximately 8000 feet. A short time later my radio-gunner saw a plane crash and burst into flame. My Co-Pilot saw one man leave the aircraft immediately after it went into the spin, but did not see the chute open. My radio operator also saw one other man leave the aircraft and saw the parachute open."

Service

People

  • Ballard Bentley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer, Top Turret Gunner | 344th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 497BS, 344BG, 9AF USAAF. FTR Erkeland in B-26 43-34565; shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Erkeland, Germany. 23-Feb-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 12649 Awards: PH.

  • Kenneth Bowdish

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 344th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 497BS, 344BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Erkeland in B-26 43-34565; shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Erkeland, Germany. 23-Feb-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 12649 Awards: PH.

  • James Harl

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 344th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 497BS, 344BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Erkeland in B-26 43-34565; shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Erkeland, Germany. 23-Feb-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 12649 Awards: PH.

  • John Herndon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Gunner | 344th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 397BS, 344BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Erkeland in B-26 43-34565; shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Erkeland, Germany. 23-Feb-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 12649 Awards: AM (4OLC), PH.

  • John Sheehan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 344th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 397BS, 344BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Erkeland in B-26 43-34565; shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Erkeland, Germany. 23-Feb-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 12649 Awards: AM (11OLC), PH (OLC).

  • Frederick Storey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Gee Operator | 344th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 397BS, 344BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Erkeland in B-26 43-34565; shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Erkeland, Germany. 23-Feb-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 12649 Awards: PH.

  • W Williamson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 344th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 397BS, 344BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Erkeland in B-26 43-34565; shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Erkeland, Germany. 23-Feb-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 12649 Awards: AM (4OLC), PH.

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 43-34565 Gratis Gladys

    B-26 Marauder
    On 23 February 1945, B-26 43-34565 was shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Erkeland, Germany. All eight crew killed. MACR 12649.

Associated Place

  • Stansted Mountfitchet

    Military site : airfield
    Today, Stansted is one of the busiest airports in Britain. During the Second World War, instead of airliners delivering passengers, Stansted Moutfitchet’s aircrews in their B-26 Marauders attacked Nazi targets, paving the way for D-Day and the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Macon, GA, USA 27 November 1920
Based Stansted Mountfitchet 1944 – 23 February 1945

Assigned to 497BS, 344BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died 41812 Erkelenz, Germany 23 February 1945
Buried 1946

Interred
Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2018 09:56:46 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, person associations and unit associations
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https://www.fold3.com/record/529874991-carl-f-chapman-jr

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2017 18:10:26 Cassowary Colorizations Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and aircraft associations
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