Halfpapp, Arthur E., Capt

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M 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
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Primary Unit
1945-1945, 87th Fighter Squadron
Service Years
1942 - 1945

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Steelton, PA
Last Address
Cesenatico, Italy

Casualty Date
Apr 24, 1945
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Cemetery Unknown

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79th Fighter Group87th Fighter Squadron
  1945-1945, 79th Fighter Group
  1945-1945, 87th Fighter Squadron
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  1942-1945 World War II
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Captain Arthur Halfpapp departed on an armed recon mission from Cesenatico, Italy on April 24, 1945, his destination the Adige River Area. The following witness reports relate the circumstances leading to his death:

"I was flying Capt. Halfpapp's wing on the mission. We had completed the dive bomb run and a rocket run and were going in for a strafing pass, my position being about three hundred yards behind. At about 2000 feet Capt. Halfpapp's airplane started into a roll to the left and continued on into the ground, hitting on its back, and bursting into flames immediately. The run was made from West to East, and the aircraft stuck the ground going northwest. At the time the airplane started to roll it was diving about sixty degrees." Source: Statement, 26 April 1945, Robert G Saurey, 2nd Lt. Air Corps, 87th Fighter Sq, 79th Fighter Gp, Missing Air Crew Report, War Department, Headquarters Army Air Forces, dated 26 April 1945

"Capt Halfpapp led his section in on a dive bomb run on a road parallel with the Po River, the target being eight to ten vehicles. He pulled up to the right to about 4000' and headed west towards a road on which were quite a number of motor transport. He started his first pass from West to East. He seems to have been hit while rolling into his turn, because he went into an inverted position, hit the ground, and the airplane immediately exploded." Source: Statement, 24 April 1945, Raffaelle Pasquale, 1st Lt. Air Corps, 87th Fighter Sq, 89th Fighter Gp, Missing Air Crew Report, War Department, Headquarters Army Air Forces, dated 26 April 1945
Arthur E Halfpapp was born in Pennsylvania. He and his family were living in Steelton, Dauphin, Pennsylvania in 1930. His full birthdate is unknown, but his World War II enlistment record lists him as born in 1921. He enlisted in the Army as a private on August 5, 1942 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Sources: 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Ancestry.com & U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, Ancestry.com

"Name: Arthur E. Halfpapp
Death Date: 24 Apr 1945
Cemetery: Tablets of The Missing at Florence American Cemetery
Cemetery Burial Plot: Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Cemetery City: Florence
Cemetery Country: Italy
War: World War II
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart
Title: Captain
Rank: Captain
Service: U.S. Army Air Forces
Service ID: (Note: Left off for the purposes of this profile)
Division: 87th Fighter Squadron, 79th Fighter Group
Data Source: World War II Honor Roll"
Source: WWI, WWII, and Korean War Casualty Listings, Ancestry.com
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