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I starting researching my father's (Edward Appel) Evasion and Escape journey in January 2015 because I wanted to retrace his steps in April on the same days that he did, April 16 to April 26, 1945. I developed this map to show the places and cities I picked to walk to and state why they were significant. There are various excerpts from military documents and letters that I found in my fathers things attached to it.



  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 62nd Fighter Squadron


  • Edward Appel

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot, Bomber Pilot, Fighter Pilot
    Edward Appel was one of the few Pilots who completed tours both in a Bomber Group (30 missions) and as a fighter pilot (17 missions) in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). His bomber was the B-24 Liberator the Latrine Rumor, B-24 (Number 42...


  • 44-21230

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Republic P-47M-1-RE, serial number 44-21230, coded LM-A for the 62nd Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group. ...


Date Contributor Update
14 May 2015 10:29:25 jpendolino Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and aircraft associations

Juliann Pendolino, Daughter of Edward Appel