Kappeler, Frank Albert, MAJ

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AAF MOS 1091-Pilot, B-26
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1947-1966, US Air Force
Service Years
1939 - 1947



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Home Town
San Francisco, California
Last Address
Santa Rosa, California

Date of Passing
Jun 23, 2010
Location of Interment
Calvary Catholic Cemetery - Santa Rosa, California
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Last Known Activity
AAF Tail #40-2249 Take Off Order 11 Target - Tokyo

Frank Kappeler was one of the 80 airmen who, under the leadership of Jimmy Doolittle, disembarked from the U.S.S. Hornet in the first bombing raid over Tokyo in World War II. After the raid he remained in the China-Burma-India theater until August and subsequently flew combat missions in the European Theater of Operations in 1943 and 1944.

Pilot Cpt.  Charles Ross Greening  Carroll, IA


Mar 29, 1957   
 Co-Pilot Lt.  Kenneth E. Reddy  Bowie, TX   Sep 03, 1942   
 Navigator Lt.  Frank Albert Kappeler  San Francisco, CA  

June 23, 2010

 Bombardier Sgt  William L. Birch  Calexico, CA  

Nov 18, 2006

 Eng/Gunner Sgt  Melvin J. Gardner  Mesa, AZ


 Jun 02, 1942

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Distinguished Flying Cross

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Frank Albert Kappeler (ASN: 0-419579), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Navigator of a B-25 Bomber of the 1st Special Aviation Project (Doolittle Raider Force), while participating in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland on 18 April 1942. Lieutenant Kappeler with 79 other officers and enlisted men volunteered for this mission knowing full well that the chances of survival were extremely remote, and executed his part in it with great skill and daring. This achievement reflects high credit on himself and the military service.

Action Date: April 18, 1942

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: 1st Special Aviation Project

Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force


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 Unit Assignments
USAAF 12th Army Air Force/17th Bombardment GroupChina-Burma-India (CBI)310th Bombardment Group/380th Bombardment SquadronUS Army Air Force (USAAF)
US Air Force
  1942-1942, 1035, USAAF 12th Army Air Force/17th Bombardment Group
  1942-1942, 1035, China-Burma-India (CBI)
  1943-1945, 1035, 310th Bombardment Group/380th Bombardment Squadron
  1945-1947, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1947-1966, US Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)/Doolittle Raid1
  1942-1945 WWII - China-Burma-India Theater/India-Burma Campaign (1942-45)
  1942-1945 WWII - China-Burma-India Theater/China Defensive Campaign (1942-45)
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