1Lt Martin L Carper Jr.

1Lt Martin L Carper Jr.

Iowa, USA
Death 1 Feb 1943 (aged 21–22)
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until January 11, 1946.

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Martin served as a First Lieutenant & Co-Pilot on B-17E #41-9122, 42nd Bomber Squadron, 11th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Cook County, Illinois prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on January 14, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a mechanic and also as Single, without dependents.

B-17E #41-9122 took off, with a crew of 9 and 8 other B-17's, Henderson Field, Lunga Point, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands on a shipping bombing mission over the Shortland Island area, Western Province, Solomon Islands.

After a successfully bombing shipping B-17E #41-9122 was hit by anti-aircraft fire and believed to have crashed into the Shortland Harbor.

Martin was declared "Missing In Action on this mission during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-728058

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Airmen who perished on B-17E #41-9122:

Carper, Martin L, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, IL
Gammans, George H ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, RI
Garvey, Joseph A ~ Pfc, Gunner, MA
Hite, La Verne P ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, NY
Houx, Frank L ~ Capt, Pilot, WY
Knight, Leonard S ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, OH
Koch, Ernest L ~ Sgt, Radio Operator, PA
Sweigart, Ernest ~ Sgt, Gunner, PA
Wayne, Richard K ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, MN

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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If anyone can find further info on the below being true please contact: Russ Pickett

There is currently no information that supports that 1st Lt. Carper was ever a POW as noted below. He is not shown on any POW listings or any roster of any Japanese POW ship.

The only info was a letter in the files from a sister who said her brother Sgt Peter R. Fabiano ( who was on a different B-17 than 1st Lt. Carper's ) was seen by another POW that had escaped.

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1st Lt. Martin Carper Jr. was held as a POW in the Philippine Islands. In December 1944, he was boarded onto the Oryoku Maru for transport to Japan. The ship was sunk by American planes at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, on December 15, 1944. The surviving POWs were boarded onto the Enoura Maru which reached Takao, Formosa. While docked it was bombed by American planes on January 9, 1945, killing many of the POWs. The surviving POWs were boarded onto the Brazil Maru. 1st Lt. Martin Carper died of his wounds on the ship.



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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt Martin L Carper Jr. (1921–1 Feb 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56769826, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .