2/Lt. George A. Apple


(F. Birtciel)

2/Lt. George A. Apple

343rd FS - 23 March 1945 - 17 April 1945 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

Known to have flown P-51D CY-D 44-15735

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List

Not Known

Air Scores
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed
Damaged
Score Detail 09 April 1945  Me-109 destroyed (ground) Munich- Brunnthal Landing Ground
09 April 1945  Me-410 damaged (ground) Munich- Brunnthal Landing Ground
16 April 1945  FW-190 destroyed (ground) Ainring A/F
17 April 1945  FW-190 destroyed (ground) Dresden
17 April 1945  Ju-88 destroyed (ground) Dresden
Notes

Entered service from Waldron, Indiana.
ASN - O-834930
23 March 1945 - Joined the 343rd Fighter Squadron
April 1945 - Awarded the Air Medal
17 April 1945 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 13918
Flight Officer George W. Bernardo reported: "I saw Lt. Apple crash while firing at a Ju-88.  He was low and to the left, 200 feet from me, when he bellied in before his target.  He was firing at the time of contact with the ground and continued to do so for 30 feet when he pulled off.  He gained 100 feet altitude continuing a straight course for 100 yards.  His plane at this time started to leak smoke and liquid from the engine and coolant radiator.  He was making a gentle level turn to the left when his prop stopped turning and he fell in more or less flat.  Upon contact with the ground his guns were firing as though he were trying to pull-out.  The wings of his aircraft were broken off and the fuselage was broken open at the cockpit.  I flew over the wreckage several times but could not see movement."
Lt. Apple was hit by flak while strafing near Dresden, Germany.  He is buried at Plot C, Row 2, Grave 43, in the Ardennes American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Neupre, Belgium.
Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

Awards
Memories  
Additional Photograph Lt. George A. Apple's Grave at the Ardennes American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Neupre, Belgium. (Paul Patist)
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