Apelhot, Abraham J., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, AAF MOS 1034, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1940 - 1943
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
32nd Bomb Squadron
Oudna, Tunisia

Casualty Date
Nov 02, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Beth-El Cemetery - Paramus, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Navigator Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1940-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1034, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1034, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Abraham J. Apelhot was born on October 15, 1919 in Paramus, New Jersey. No parentage or census records have been located.

He enlisted in New York City, New York on August 12, 1940, for an assignment to the Panama Canal Department. It is not known whether he actually got this assignment or when he was transferred to the Army Air Forces, but it is known he was trained as a navigator at Selman Field, Louisiana, graduating as a member of Class 43-01, Flight 21 on June 16, 1943. His enlistment documents further show he had completed 4 years of high school, and was working as a saleman.

He was commissioned, awarded wings, and deployed to North Africa. He was then assigned as a member of a B-17 combat crew, flying missions against targets in Italy and Germany.

On November 2, 1943, he flew with the crew to attack the Messerschmidt aircraft factory located at Weiner Neustadt, Austria. The bomber formation was intercepted by enemy fighters, and savagely mauled. Four B-17s were shot down in serial firing passes, mostly from head-on attacks.

Apelhot's aircraft was shot down and crashed near Prebuch, Austria, killing all the crew. The dead were recovered from the wreckage and buried locally. After the war, they were retrieved and moved to various cemeteries. Lt Apelhot now lies in the Beth-El Cemetery in Paramus, New Jersey.

NARA Enlistment Records


Lt Abraham J. Apelhot was the assigned navigator aboard B-17 #42-30127, unnamed, assigned to the 32nd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 1094 covers this loss. Mission loading lists show the crew consisted of:

1 Lt Herbert J. Pattison, Jr.  p
1 Lt Robert E. Beutke  c-p
1 Lt Abraham J. Apelhot  nav
2 Lt Raymond W, Irwin  bomb
SSgt George L. Sifferd  eng/tt gun
SSgt Julian P. Connell  r/o
Sgt  James J. Funk  btg
SSgt Anthony Daleo  wg
SSgt Freddie E. Hoops  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

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