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Personnel

Lt

Louis C. CHAPPELL

Louis Chappel

Western State Teachers College 1937

Army Serial Number: O-2064216
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 351st Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Navigator

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: KIA
MACR: 12046
CR: 12046
Comments: 3 FEB 45 BERLIN (GND ROCKET)

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

When this crew went down on 3/2/44, the crew list was as follows:


Feb 3, 1945 BERLIN MACR #12046, A/C#44 8379

Maj Robert Rosenthal Command Pilot Landed in Russian Lines
Capt John Ernst P POW
1st Lt Arthur I.Jacobson CP POW (from Crew of Lt. G. Brown)
1st Lt Stewart J. Gillison Command NAV EVA (from Crew of Lt W. Terminello)
1st Lt Louis C. Chappel NAV KIA (from Crew of Lt W.J. Wilson)
1st Lt Robert H. Stropp Radar NAV Landed in Russian Lines
1st Lt Eugene E. Lockhart BOM KIA (from the Crew of Lt Oren Hopkins)
T/Sgt Charles H. Webber ROG Landed in Russian Lines
T/Sgt Dugger C. West TTE POW
S/Sgt Warren Winters WG POW
S/Sgt G.A. Windisch TG Landed in Russian Lines
Ernst's leg amputated in German Hospital night of 3/2/45 & he was soon exchanged.

See "CONTRAILS" p.131 & S.O.C. p.95. Also p.219/223 of "FLYING FORTRESS" by E.Jablonski.

EYEWITNESS REPORT from MACR # "A/C #44 8379 was hit by flak,reported to be a ground
rocket a few seconds before bombs away. A/C continued on run and dropped bombs. Fire and
dense white smoke was seen in the fuselage and bomb bay, including the cockpit. Bomb bay
doors closed and then reopened. Pilot opened his window and peeled gently off to the
right, directing deputy leader to take over on VHF. A/C headed NE and flew level for a few
moments while six members bailed out (3 appeared to come from waist or tail and 3 from
bomb bay..There was a small explosion in #3 engine nacelle and thd A/C headed down, burning
and beginning to spin when last seen at 15/000 feet. Observers believe entire crew had an
excellent chance to bail out."

Lt Louis C. Chappell flew 6 Missions with Lt William Wilson Jr. Crew before becoming a Lead Navigator.

CREW

2ND LT WILLIAM J. WILSON, JR. P CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN TAPS: 1962
F/O GOERGE KOBZAR CP CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN
2ND LT LOUIS C. CHAPPELL NAV KIA 03 FEB 45 BERLIN (WITH J.P. ERNST CREW)
F/O ROBERT E. FITZGERALD BOM CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN
CPL ALPHONSO J. CEKUTIS ROG CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN TAPS: 27 NOV 1963
CPL ROBERT A. KING TTE CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN
CPL ROBERT N. BECK, JR. BTG CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN
CPL MERLE P. HEMBREE WG CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN
CPL SAMUEL W. ALLEN, JR WG CPT 17 MAR 45 PLAUEN
CPL JOHN R. SAARI TG NOC TAPS: 11 MAY 1986

418TH SQDN... CREW, AS ABOVE, JOINED THE 100TH ON 20 OCT 1944.. After a few days on base, this crew was assigned to the 350th BS.(per Robert King email)
Look in Airman for compete narrative of missions from Lt Robert Fitzgerald.

After 6 Missions with this crew, Lt Chappell became a Lead Navigator and transferred from Crew. Lt Robert Fitzgerald flew as Navigator for 5 Missions until the new Navigator Sgt George Holser is assigned. Sgt Holser was washed out of Navigation school and came overseas to the 100th as a gunner. His first Mission with the Crew was Frankfurt Dec 12, 1944.

Crew flew the following B-17G's: (mpf 2001)
#337517 "Heaven Can Wait"-one time
#46805 "Flamin Mame"-6 times
#338840 "The Little Rebel" 6 times
#337994 "My Blue Heaven" 2 times
#48834 "PooBah" 1 time
#338414 "Heaven Sent" 1 time

ACCORDING TO R.E. FITZGERALD, WILLIAM WILSON WAS KILLED IN A AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT IN FRANCE ON 03 JUN 1962..jb

Missions of Lt Robert E. Fitzgerald (mpf 2001)

1. 9/11/44 Saarbrucken
2. 10/11/44 Weisbaden
3. 16/11/44 Aachen/Duren
4. 26/11/44 Hamm
5. 30/11/44 Merseburg
6. 5/12/44 BERLIN
7. 11/12/44 Koblenz-1st Mission as Nav. (Lou Chappell became Lead Nav) until new Navigator is assigned
8. 18/12/44 Mainz
9. 24/12/44 Bilblis
10. 25/12/44 Kaiserslauten
11. 27/12/44 Fulda
12. 29/12/44 Frankfurt-New Navigator is assigned-Sgt George Holser.
13. 30/12/44 Kassel #337517 "Heaven Can Wait
14. 5/01/45 Frankfurt #46805 "Flamin Mame"
15. 6/01/45 Annweiler #46805 "Flamin Mame"
16. 13/01/45 Mainz #46805 "Flamin Mame"
17. 14/01/45 Derben #46805 "Flamin Mame"
18. 20/01/45 Heilbron #46805 "Flamin Mame"
19. 21/01/45 Mannheim #46805 "Flamin Mame"
20. 28/01/45 Duisburg #338840 "The Little Rebel"
21. 3/02/45 BERLIN #338840 "The Little Rebel"
22. 6/02/45 Chemnitz #338414 "Heaven Sent
23. 14/02/45 Chemnitz
24. 15/02/45 Cottbus #337994 "My Blue Heaven"
25. 28/02/45 Kassel
26. 3/03/45 Brunswick #338840 "The Little Rebel"
27. 7/03/45 Siegen
28. 10/03/45 Dortmund #48834 "PooBah"
29. 11/03/45 Hamburg #338840 "The Little Rebel"
30. 14/03/45 Hannover
31. 15/03/45 Oranienburg #338840 "The Little Rebel"
32. 17/03/45 Plauen #338840 "The Little Rebel"


UNAME = Robert A. King
CONNECTION = I am a 100th veteran
COMMENTS = You have me listed as being in the 418th squadron. I was with them my first two days and then assigned to the 350th with Capt. W.J. Wilson Jr.'s crew. All of missions were flown with the 350th. Please correct your database.Thank You

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
Berlin
Aircraft:
(44-8679)
Date:
1945-02-03
Cause:
GROUND ROCKETS

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
Netherlands Cemetery/Margraten

Photos

Louis C. Chappell 350th NAV

Louis C. Chappell 350th NAV Michigan KIA 3 Feb 45 Berlin William J. Wilson Crew, Jr. Crew (100th Photo Archives)

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Capt ERNST, John P. P POW
Lt Col ROSENTHAL, Robert P CPT
LT JACOBSON, Arthur L. CP POW
LT CHAPPELL, Louis C. NAV KIA
Lt GILLISON, Stewart J. NAV REC
Lt LOCKHART, Eugene E. BOM KIA
2nd Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
LT WILSON, William J. P CPT
LT KOBZAR, George CP CPT
LT CHAPPELL, Louis C. NAV KIA
Lt FITZGERALD, Robert E. BOM CPT
T/SGT KING, Robert A. TTE CPT
T/SGT CEKUTIS, Alphonso J. ROG CPT
S/SGT BECK, Robert N. BTG CPT
S/Sgt ALLEN, Samuel W. WG CPT
S/SGT HEMBREE, Merle P. WG CPT
S/SGT SAARI, John R. TG NOC