Karpowicz, Jerome, A1C

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Last Rank
Airman 1st Class
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1953-Present, Missing In Action (MIA)
Service Years
1950 - 1953
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Airman 1st Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Crivitz, WI
Last Address
Kunsan AB, South Korea

Casualty Date
May 17, 1953
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
13th Bombardment Squadron, Light, Night Intruder3rd Bomb WingUS Air Force
  1953-1953, 13th Bombardment Squadron, Light, Night Intruder
  1953-1953, 3rd Bomb Wing
  1953-Present, Missing In Action (MIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-26K/A-26K Counter Invader  
  1952-1953, B-26K/A-26K Counter Invader
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"Hit by AAA, right engine burned off, crew members bailed out, VMF(N)-513 pilots conducted SAR effort." Source: http://www.koreanwarpowmia.net

"Airman First Class Karpowicz was the tail gunner of a B-26C Invader bomber with the 13th Bomber Squadron, 3rd Bomber Wing at Kunsan Air Force Base (K-8), South Korea. On May 17, 1953, while on a night intruder mission, the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and its right engine burned off. The crew bailed out. He was listed as Missing In Action and was presumed dead on May 18, 1954. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial...Source: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Korean War Honor Roll, http://www.abmc.gov

Aircraft #44-35882
Karpowicz, Jerome NMI A1C USAF MIA
Quesnell, Raymond W Capt USAF RMC E&E'ed, rescued by USAF SAR helo
Selman, Clifford G 1st Lt USAF MIA
Walseth, Jr, John E Capt USAF RMC E-E'd, rescued by USAF SAR helo"
Source: Korwald Loss Incident Summary, http://www.dtic.mil

"Karpowicz, Jerome
Reported MIA May 17, 1953. Evidence indicates Karpowicz bailed out of the aircraft. There is nothing to indicate whether bailout was successful or not. The garbled radio transmission may have originated with Karpowicz." Source: http://www.dtic, mil

"Karpowicz, Jerome Category #5. B26 (Missing 17 May 53)
A1C (Retained in active file because two members of the four man crew have been Returned to Military Control.) Capts Quesnell and Walseth were interviewed at this Division. They stated that Selman and Karpowicz were the first and second to leave the aircraft. Karpowicz carried a URC4 radio. They knew no reasons why the bail out would not have been successful. (From: Det #3, 6004th AISS, IR #121, 19 May 53): At 2219/I, the pilot heard a garbled transmission on D channel at (YC 5041). It was believed to be a URC4 transmission. Search results were negative." Source: Air Intelligence Information Report, http://www.nationalalliance.org

Note: A1C Karpowicz's name was on a list of American prisoners of war in Korea unaccounted for by the Communists. Source: "List POW's Unaccounted For by Reds," Oshkosh Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisconsin), Saturday, Sept 12, 1953, Ancestry.com

"Name: Jerome Karpowicz
Birth Date: 28 Aug 1931
Gender: Male
Home City: Crivitz
Home State: Wisconsin
Citizen Status: US Citizen
Death Date: 18 May 1954 (Note: Presumed death date)
Processed Date: Nov 1976
Casualty Country: Korea
Casualty Type: Hostile-Died While Missing
Casualty Cause: Aircraft Loss/Crash Not at Sea
Casualty Air: Fixed Wing Casualty - Non-Aircrew  (Note: Gunner on aircraft)
Service Branch: US Air Force
Component: Regular
Rank: Sergeant (Note: This should by A1C)
Pay Grade: Airman First Class"
Source: Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957, Ancestry.com

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