Draper, Foy, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1051-Pilot - Two-Engine
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1942-1943, M 1051, 47th Bombardment Group Light-Night Attack
Service Years
1940 - 1943
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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1911
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Huntington Park, California
Last Address
Mediouna Airfield, French Morocco

Casualty Date
Jan 04, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Tunisia
Conflict
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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 Unit Assignments
Aviation Cadet Flight School97th Bombardment Squadron, Light47th Bombardment Group Light-Night Attack
  1940-1941, M 0770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1942-1943, M 1051, 97th Bombardment Squadron, Light
  1942-1943, M 1051, 47th Bombardment Group Light-Night Attack
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Southern California
  1932-1936, University of Southern California7
 My Aircraft/Missiles
A-20 Havoc  
  1942-1943, A-20 Havoc
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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.

 
   
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Notes/Links:
Enlistment record
http://www.businessinsider.com/this-air-force-pilot-helped-beat-hitler--twice-2012-7
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foy_Draper
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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