P47 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "K"
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Karl M. Kloeppel Accompanied by his Dad they both had their first airplane ride at Holmes Airport, Queens in 1928 after the Gates Flying Circus moved over from Teterboro. Still at a very impressionable age he vowed he would become an airplane pilot from that moment on. He started flying lessons in 1937, legally soloed on 1 November 1939 and was employed at a large CPT Flight School and Seaplane Base during 1941.
Joseph A. Knell, Jr. It was during his sophomore year at Loyola College in 1943 that he enlisted as an Aviation Cadet. He received his "wings" and Second Lieutenant's "bars" in the class of 44-F at Mission, Texas. His introduction to the P-47 Thunderbolt came at Harding Field in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he received 150 hours of combat training in this fighter aircraft.
Richard A. Knobloch Entered military service 1940, Randolph AFB, Texas. Completed pilot training and commissioned 2nd Lt. July 1941. Participated in first bombing of Japan with Jimmy Doolittle on 18 April 1942 launched from USS Hornet. After Tokyo Raid completed more than 50 bombing missions and returned to States in 1943.
Kenneth M. Knowles He flew P-47s during operational training at Venice, Florida prior to his assignment to the 512th Squadron, 406th Fighter/Bomber Group in Congaree, South Carolina. Assigned as Assistant Group Operations Officer with the 406th, he was responsible for planning and scheduling P-47 combat operations from March 1944 until V.E. Day.
Glenn H. Koelling Some of his random remembrances which may stir similar recollections of other flyers bringing home tree branches and belly dents from an encounter with a forest during a strafing run near Lake Como. . .looking out after a dive bombing run into Brenner Pass and seeing daylight through a wing where no daylight should have been and wondering why the controls still work. . . marveling how a machine could go through such a solid wall of flack on a hit of rail yards near Torino I and come through without a scratch. ...
Theobaldo Antonio Kopp He flew 57 ground attack missions destroying supply routes, ammunition depots, bridges, railroads and was downed by 30 and 20mm flack on his last mission, March 7th, 1945. He stayed with the partisans in the Paco Valley until the allied offensive at the end of April.
Roger N. Koppang 513 Sqn. 406 Fighter Group. Shot down near Cologne on Feb. 25,1945.....
Walter Joseph Koraleski WWII FIGHTER ACE!
Korky Koraleski attended University of Detroit majoring in Aero Engineering before enlisting in Army November, 1941. He was commissioned as Second Lieutenant following graduation from Foster Field flight school in May, 1942. He was assigned to the 50th FG which became 355th FG and sailed with the Group in July, 1943. By the time he reached the ETO he had nearly 600 hours total time. He shot down his first 109 on the Big B Berlin mission March 6, 1944. and his fifth on April 5, 1944 to become the 354FS first ace and the 355th FG’s third air ace behind Olson and Stewart. Captain Koraleski, then 354FS Operations Officer, lost an engine on the 15th of April and bailed out over Utrecht following a flak barrage to become a POW.
Harry E. Krig Returned to the US in May 1945, total of 72 combat missions in P-47's. Destroyed four enemy aircraft (2 air, 2 ground). Awarded DFC, Purple Heart, Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, distinguished unit emblem. I remained in service with tours in Training Command and Tactical Air Command. Flew F-51's, F-80's, F-84's, F-86's and F-100 Aircraft.
Charles H. Kruger Trained with group and went to England with Group on U.S.S. Thurston in September 1943. Landed in Glasgow, Scotland. Went directly to East Wretham (S.W . of Norwich) and established the 359th Fighter Group (368,369 and 370 F.S.) 8th Air Force. Made our debut in combat on 13 December 1943 equipped with P-47 D-6. E.
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