668th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

1Lt. Michael Edward Kleopfel Jr.

Pilot,  O-684351

Killed In Action - May 20, 1944

668th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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      Born: 17-Nov-1920, Amsterdam, Montgomery County, New York

Entered Military Service: From: Montgomery County, New York

Buried: Fairview Cemetery, Amsterdam, New York, Plot: Section 30SS

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry

A/C Last Sighted. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Plane hit by flak. Started to slow roll losing altitude; then fell straight down out of control.

Two planes were lost over enemy territory, ... From the planes that were lost, three chutes came from one, and two chutes from the other. The crews of the planes were Lt Blair H. Bradford, S/Sgt Clarence M. Gray, S/Sgt Vern E. Molver, Lt Michael E. Kleopfel, S/Sgt Ray Bankston, and S/Sgt LeRoy R. Shaw.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also MACR 4971 and Mission # 50

Photos and Documents
Parents Marriage Record
1920 US Census
1930 US Census
School Yearbook Portrait
School Yearbook
1Lt. Kleopfel (center) with gunners SSgt Ray Bankston and SSgt Leroy Shaw
Headstone Application
Headstone Application
Rosters Of WW II Dead
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

"Goin' Home" courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Band