1/Lt. Stanley E. Chapple


(W. Staggs via C. Smith)

1/Lt. Stanley E. Chapple

38th FS - 18 January 1945 - 24 March 1945 (Prisoner of War)

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D CG- 44-72080

Mission History

16 missions

Mission List

55th FG  Mission #

Date Target
311 29 January 1945 Kassel Henschel (flew as Red 2)
314 06 February 1945 Chemnitz (flew as Red 2)
317 14 February 1945 Merseberg (flew as Program Red 2)
319 17 February 1945 Framkfurt (flew as Program 2)
324 23 February 1945 Ansbach (flews as spare/relay)
329 27 February 1945 Leipzig (flew as Red 4)
344 19 March 1945 Lutzkendorf
350 24 March 1945 Steenwijk A/F
Air Scores
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged  
Notes Born in Brooklyn, New York, 12 June 1923.
ASN - O-2056903
18 January 1945 - Joined the 38th Fighter Squadron
19 March 1945 - Bailed out after suffering mechanical failure, in marsh on Walcheren Island, Holland.  Landed in the water above a minefield and was rescued by a local man from nearby Zoutelande, with a small boat. Was brought to a local hotel and spent the evening with a local family. Finally returned via Air Sea Rescue and reported back to Wormingford on the 23rd March 1945.
Map of crash location on Walcheren Island. (From the André Cijvat collection, Zoutelande)
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24 March 1945 - MACR No. 13438

1/Lt. Ralph E. Morrow reported: "I was flying Blue 3 position in Hellcat squadron on 24 March 1945, 5 miles out of Soest, Germany, at approximately 1550 hours, when I saw 3 Me-109s approaching Yellow flight from 6 o'clock. Lt. Chapple, Yellow 2, was hit from nose to tail and his ship caught fire.  I watched until his chute opened completely and observed that he would eventually land near a small village and then I turned to the business at hand."

Stanley Chapple later said that he had been slightly injured and captured immediately.  He was imprisoned first at Stalag Luft III and then moved to Stalag Luft VII A at Moosburg when the Russians were advancing on Stalag Luft III.
Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble.

31 March 1945 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant.

Lt. Chapple was liberated on 29th April 1945 and returned to the States on 30th May 1945.

Passed away on 18th November 1990, aged 67.  Buried in Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California.

Awards
Memories Letter from Lt. Chapple's mother to the Dutch family who offered shelter to Lt. Chapple on Walcheren Island. (From the André Cijvat collection, Zoutelande)

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Additional Photos Lt. Stanley E. Chapple (taken on 9th November 1944) (From the André Cijvat collection, Zoutelande)

Stanley E. Chapple's Gravestone in Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California.

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