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Article about: Hello! I recently added this beautiful WW2-era Air Medal to the collection and I was wondering since there hasn't been any research done on the engraved name if anyone could help me or recom

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    Hello!

    I recently added this beautiful WW2-era Air Medal to the collection and I was wondering since there hasn't been any research done on the engraved name if anyone could help me or recommend a website where research can be done.

    The name of the recipient is Burt C Capel Jr and rank looks to be Corporal

    Thanks alot!

    Tobias

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    Hi Tobias.

    I found a possible match. Maybe someone can use this information to find his service record.

    Name: Burt Carl Capel Jr
    Race: White
    Age: 18
    Birth Date: 5 March 1925
    Birth Place: Salem, Ohio
    Residence Place: Salem, Columbiana, Ohio
    Registration Date: 5 March 1943
    Registration Place: Salem, Ohio
    Employer: Mullins Mfg Corporation
    Height: 5'' 10 1/2
    Weight: 137
    Complexion: Light
    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Blue
    Next of Kin: Mrs Barbara Capel

    He passed away on the 14th of February 1998

    Kind regards,

    Will.
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    Tobias, it is him. This very medal is shown in the link below.

    Burt Carl Capel Jr. (1925-1998) - Find a Grave Memorial

    Here is a photo of him from ancestry.

    Kind regards,

    Will.
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    WOW I’m speechless!!

    Thanks alot Willmore. This will be an interesting read!

    Best regards, Tobias!

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    You beat me to it Will, I was just including the same section.
    Burt Capel Jr. served with the 780th Bomb Squadron, 465th Bomb Group (H) and was awarded this Air Medal GO:2753 on April 26, 1945. That was also the day of the final flight flown by the 465th. They were supposed to fly two groups to bomb Able-Kolbnitz Bridge in Austria, and Baker Ammunition Dump in Malcontenta, Italy but it was cancelled. Unknown with which crew he flew with or their B-24.

    465th Bombardment Group (H)

    Ben

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    Thanks alot to the both of you! This is simply amazing! It feels great to have this information and a face to the medal. I’m thinking of framing copies of his papers and photo along with the medal to make a small tribute to him.

    Best regards, Tobias

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    I've found some newpaper clippings from the Salem News about Burt that I thought would be really interesting to share!

    Turns out he was an armorer-gunner aboard his B-24

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    This last clipping is about his return home. It mentitions his medals and says he was actually entitled to the oak leaf cluster!

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    His award card from the National Archives:

    National Archives NextGen Catalog

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    Quote by Masonk View Post
    His award card from the National Archives:

    National Archives NextGen Catalog

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    Thanks alot

    Tobias

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