Apking, Norman H., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1054-Co-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 349th Bomb Squadron
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Garfield County
Last Address
349th Bomb Squadron
Thorpe-Abbots, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
May 24, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot Q, Row 36, Grave 13

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy349th Bomb Squadron
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 349th Bomb Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Bombing Raids Over Germany
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Norman Henry Apking was born in Garfield County, Nebraska in May of 1918. His parents were Henry E. and Carrie Apking. The US Census 1920 lists the family in Rockford, Nebraska while the US Census 1930 shows them in Precinct 7, Cedar, Nebraska.

No NARA enlistment records have been located, but an assumptive date for entry into the military would be 1942, based on training, rank, and assignments. Apking was selected for flight duty, and trained as a pilot. Upon being commissioned and awarded wings, he was assigned to crew training as a co-pilot. The crew finished training, and departed for England, arriving there on May 9, 1944. They flew one combat mission, on May 23, 1944, over Germany.

Their second mission came the next day - May 24, 1944. The target area was Berlin, Germany. The formation had difficulty in assembling, and so arrived at the target in trail. The formation, such as it was, was attacked by an estimated 200 enemy fighters. Fifteen B-17s were shot down, with nine coming from the 349th Bomb Squadron.

Tales abound concerning this aircraft being hit by a bomb dropped from a higher altitude, but actually, a FW-190 pilot mis-judged distance and collided with the B-17. Fire broke out, the aircraft went into a tight spin, and then crashed near the village of Itzstadt, Germany.

Ten bodies were recovered from the wreckage, according to German records. These were buried on May 27, 1944, in the South Cemetery in Neumeunster, Germany. The ceremonies were carried out by a priest and a German honor guard. After the war, the remains were retrieved, and moved to other cemeteries. After being buried in a temporary military cemetery, Lt Apking now rests in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium, in Plot A, Row 36, Grave 13,

Headstone and Interment Record Card for US Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil (signed by wife, Maxine A. Apking, 1945.)


Lt Marvin H. Apking was performing duty as the co-pilot on B-17G # 42-102635, unnamed, assigned to the 349th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 5171 was issued for this loss. Crew rosters show the crew consisted of:

1 Lt Martin T. Hoskinson  p
2 Lt Marvin H. Apking  c-p
2 Lt Joseph C. Silvestro  nav
2 Lt Norman G. Robitoy  bomb
SSgt Thomas L. Sibert  eng/tt gun
SSgt Jerome Miller  r/o
Sgt  Salvadore Romero  btg
Sgt  A.V. Perry  Lwg
Sgt  George Sneckus  Rwg
Sgt  Marlyn M. Schrader  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Lt Silvestro was a "fill-in" from the crew of Lt McKeague.

Sgt Perry's name was the initials of A.V., that stood for nothing.

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