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.