Draper, Foy, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1051-Pilot - Two-Engine
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 1051, 97th Bombardment Squadron, Light
Service Years
1940 - 1943
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Huntington Park, California
Last Address
Mediouna Airfield, French Morocco

Casualty Date
Jan 04, 1943
MIA-Finding of Death
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery - Tunis, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot F Row 10 Grave 7

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  2015, World War II Fallen

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 Unit Assignments
47th Bombardment Group Light-Night Attack97th Bombardment Squadron, Light
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1051, 47th Bombardment Group Light-Night Attack
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1051, 97th Bombardment Squadron, Light
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Southern California
  1932-1936, University of Southern California
 My Aircraft/Missiles
A-20 Havoc  
  1942-1943, A-20 Havoc
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity:

Draper was an American athlete, winner of a gold medal in the 400 meter relay at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin on 9 August. He ran the third leg in the American 400 meter relay team, which won the gold medal with a new world record of 39.8. This team consisted of Ralph Metcalfe, Jesse Owens, and anchor, Frank Wykoff. As a University of Southern California student, Foy Draper won the IC4A (Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America) championships in the 200 meter in 1935.

In 1940, Draper enlisted in the Army Air Corps and did his pilot training in San Antonio. He was shipped to North Africa following his training and served as a pilot on a twin-engine attack bomber A-20B 'Havoc' in Thelepte, Tunisia with the 97th Squadron, 47th Bomb Group. On Jan 4, 1943, Draper took off to fly to Fonduck, Tunisia to take part in the Battle of Kassarine Pass. Draper and his two crewmen, SSgt. Kenneth Gasser and SSgt. Sidney Holland, never returned and their death date is usually given as Feb 1, 1943.
It is possible he was born in 1913 instead of 1911.



Enlistment record

Stations for the 47th Bombardment Group (Light):
McChord Field, Wash, 15 Jan 1941
Fresno, Calif, 14 Aug 1941
Will Rogers Field, Okla, c. 16 Feb 1942
Greensboro, NC, c. 16 Jul-18 Oct 1942
Mediouna, French Morocco, 18 Nov 1942
Youks-les-Bains, Algeria, 7 Jan 1943
Canrobert, Algeria, 6 Mar 1943
Thelepte, Tunisia, 30 Mar 1943

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