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CPL Joseph William Skapik

CPL Joseph William Skapik

Birth
Maryland, USA
Death 25 Jan 1945 (aged 27)
At Sea
Burial Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Plot SECTION E, SITE 4933
Memorial ID 1184855 · View Source
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Joseph served as a Corporal & Gunner on B-24M #44-40355, 866th Bomber Squadron, 494th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Baltimore, Maryland prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on February 3, 1943 in Miami Beach, Florida. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Mechanic and also as Single, without dependents.

He was married after his enlistment.

B-24M #44-40355 took off, with a crew of 10, from Angaur Airstrip, Palau Island on a bombing mission over Batangos, Philippines. The crashed in shallow water off Biliran Island, Philippines during the war.

Joseph was "Killed In Action" in this crash during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred in a cemetery in Leyte, Philippine Islands and was later repatriated here on September 4, 1948.

Service # 13144095

Husband of Hilda M Prodey Skapik who resided in Baltimore, Maryland.

Brother of Georgia, Beatrice, Mathilda, and William Skapik.

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Airmen who perished on B-24M #44-40355:

Brown, William D ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, AZ
Domalewski, Eugene J ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, WI
Endrizzi, Peter G ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, NY
Frantz, Leon R ~ Corp, Tail Gunner, PA
Hinman, Malcolm C ~ Sgt, Radio Operator, NY
Shor, Anthony M ~ Corp, Gunner, NY
Skapik, Joseph W ~ Corp, Gunner, MD
VanSlyke, Joseph C ~ Corp, Engineer, D.C.
Walters, Leonard J ~ Corp, Ball Turret Gunner, OH

2nd Lt. James H. Evans, Jr. was the only survivor of this crew. He bailed out prior to the crash.

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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CPL, 866 AAF BOMB SQ, 494 BOMB GP WORLD WAR II


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  • Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
  • Added: 26 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1184855
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPL Joseph William Skapik (12 Mar 1917–25 Jan 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1184855, citing Baltimore National Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by US Veterans Affairs Office (contributor 5) .