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Lieut Louis Edward Rapin

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Lieut Louis Edward Rapin

Birth
Michigan, USA
Death 11 Aug 1943 (aged 23)
Pleuven, Departement du Finistère, Bretagne, France
Burial Saint Ignace, Mackinac County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 101100911 View Source
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U.S. Army Air Corps
Lieutenant
Pilot Flight Officer
12th Air Force

His Douglas C-47A-DK (DC-3) went down near Pleuven, Brittany, having departed from Ireland. It was part of the 1st Troop Carrier Command, 433rd Troop Carrier Group. It had been chased by 2 Messerschmitt German fighters, crashing near a farm. Only (Crew Chief) Sgt. Cecil Earle Bell survived. 2nd. Lt. Lloyd C. Mahurin, 2Lt. Sidney H Jablowitz and Corporal Sam Kahn also died of injuries.

Received the Purple Heart

Son of Katherine Levina Gallagher & George Alexander Rapin.

Contributor: Jimbo6256 (49091897) has offered the following:

His Douglas C-47A-DK (DC-3) went down near Pleuven, Brittany, having departed from Ireland.
It was part of the 1st Troop Carrier Command, 433rd Troop Carrier Group. It was on its way from Nutts Corner, Northern Ireland towards St Mawgan Airfield, Cornwall, England. Due to bad weather conditions, they got lost and overflew their target, ending up above occupied France. They were then shot down by 2 FW190 fighters from the 2nd Von Richthofen Squadron. The C47 crashed in a field near the town of Pleuven, Brittany, France. Four men were killed in action, 2nd LT Lloyd C. Mahurin, 2nd LT Sidney H. Jablowitz, Cpl Sam Kahn and Flight Officer Louis E. Rapin. The only survivor is Sgt Cecil E. Bell, the crew-chief.


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  • Created by: W Piety
  • Added: 21 Nov 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 101100911
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/101100911/louis-edward-rapin : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Louis Edward Rapin (14 Aug 1919–11 Aug 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 101100911, citing Saint Ignatius Catholic Cemetery, Saint Ignace, Mackinac County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by W Piety (contributor 47945985) .