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William E Kopf


Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 42-3216 'The Joker. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Earlier 10/10/43 in B17 42-29557 'Yankee Girl' returning from mission, struck hanger at RAF Desford.



  • Kenneth Swift

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Togglier / Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 545BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Bill Kopf crew. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29557 Yankee Gal

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/1/43; Salina 12/1/43; Homestead 1/2/43; Morrison 9/2/43; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-O] Chelveston 10/2/43; transferred 547BS/384BG [SO-S] Grafton Underwood 20/9/43; battle damaged Munster 10/10/43, with Bill Kopf, Co-pilot: Alf Scott,...

  • 42-3216 The Joker

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Dow Fd 13/5/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-S] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Bill Kopf, Co-pilot: Alf Scott, Navigator: Toscha Massey, Ball turret gunner: Clyde Smith, Waist gunner: Leroy...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born Des Moines, IA, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 14 October 1943


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:56 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 841 / MACR 841, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p p. 327, 336, / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database