Chapman, Elma Clinton, Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 747-Airplane and Engine Mechanic
Last AFSC Group
Ordnance/Maintenance (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 747, Far East Air Forces
Service Years
1942 - 1944

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jul 06, 1944
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Papua New Guinea
World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
Location of Interment
Memphis National Cemetery - Memphis, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section H Grave 5595

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

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 Unit Assignments
389th Bombardment Squadron, Light312th Bombardment Group, Light5th Air ForceFar East Air Forces
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 747, 389th Bombardment Squadron, Light
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 747, 312th Bombardment Group, Light
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 747, 5th Air Force
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 747, Far East Air Forces
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II
  1943-1943 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
A-36 Apache  A-20 Havoc  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  
  1943-1944, A-36 Apache
  1943-1944, A-20 Havoc
  1943-1944, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Sgt. Chapman enlisted at Camp Shelby, Mississippi on 10 February 1942. He was trained as an aircraft mechanic at Chanute Field, Illinois. In October 1942, he was assigned to the 389th Bombardment Squadron (Dive), 312th Bombardment Group and served with that unit as part of the 5th Air Force, Far East Air Force in Australia and British Guinea (now Papua New Guinea) when it was assigned to the South Pacific in October 1943.

The aircraft for the unit at that time was the A-36 "Apache" dive bomber, the A-20 "Havoc", and the P-40 "Warhawk". The unit was redesignated the 388th Bombardment Squadron (L) in December 1943.

He was reported as have been wounded by shrapnel on 3 July 1944, dying of those injuries on 7 July 1944 at Nadzab Air Field, Milne Bay, New Guinea.

He was initially interred in the British Guinea USAF Cemetery Finnschaffen #2. In 1948, he was re-interred in Mamphis National Cemetery, Tennessee.
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Note: year of birth verified through 1920 Federal Census.

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