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2LT William J Kapitzke

Connecticut, USA
Death 1 Aug 1944 (aged 25–26)
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 169200204 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until February 6, 1946.

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Husband of Arline D. Kapitzke who resided in Meriden, Connecticut.

William served as a Second Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B-25D #41-30372, 500th Bomber Squadron, 345th Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in New Haven County, Connecticut prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on August 22, 1941, prior to the war, in Hartford, Connecticut. 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-25D #41-30372 was one of four B-25s that took off from Mokmer Airfield on Biak on a mission to search for enemy aircraft in MacCluer Gulf. While still in formation this B-25 developed engine trouble and had to turn back to base. They never arrived at the base and were assumed to have crashed into the sea.

William was declared "Missing In Action" on this flight.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-764331

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Airmen who perished on B-25D #41-30372:

Barlow, Elmer L ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, IL
Garza, Manuel J ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, TX
Kapitzki, William J ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, CT
Mele, Joseph ~ Sgt, Gunner, PA
Myers, Roland F ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, KS
Quinn, James N ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, WI

B-25H #43-4332 was also lost on this mission. For more on that plane see:

Miller, John ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, NJ

Bio & Crew Reports by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to:
Janice Hollandsworth for finding that this record was not recorded at Manila!





  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 2 Sep 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 169200204
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT William J Kapitzke (1918–1 Aug 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 169200204, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .