Undated photo, probably taken in the States (graduation photo?) prior to assignment and overseas deployment; 'generic' Army Air Force shoulder patch and Troop Carrier Distinctive Unit Insignia badge on cap and lapels.
Photo courtesy of Harry's grandson, Matthew Tappe
Undated photo, probably taken in England in early 1945; Harry is in the middle with two unidentified comrades. Harry wears the 9th Army Air Force patch on his shoulder and the chevrons of a Staff Sergeant. He has a Distinguished Unit Citation Ribbon on his right breast and his Aircrew Wings, Good Conduct Ribbon, and Europe Africa and Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with Bronze battle stars on his right; we can't see his sleeve but his comrade on the right has two Overseas Service bars, each marking 6 months in a theater of war.
He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942, and he was listed as employed by the National Biscuit Co., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was 6' 3" tall; weighed 180 pounds; had brown hair, hazel eyes and a 'light' complexion. It was noted: "Scar on right eye. Big scar on left knee."
He entered the service on 28 November 1942 from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He enlisted in the Air Corps as a Private; he had four years of high school education, was single, without dependents and his civilian occupation was listed as: "Shipping and receiving clerks".
We have Sergeant Tappe listed on the 437th TCG Special Orders #195, dated 27 December 1943. These were the orders generated at Pope Field (Fort Bragg, NC) for the first phase of movement by air and by rail of the 437th personnel to their eventual overseas deployment.
He is also listed on General Order #09, dated 31 March 1944, that authorized the award of the Good Conduct Medal to various 437th TCG personnel.
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Constituted as the 437th Troop Carrier Group on 15 April 1943, it was activated on 01 May 1943 in Dunnellon, FL. They trained with C-46 and C-47 aircraft for duty overseas with the Ninth Air Force. They moved to England during January and February of...
Military site : airfield
Planned as an RAF operational training station, Ramsbury was allocated while under construction to the Eighth Air Force as a transport base. Built during 1942, it had eventually three concrete runways, 28 pan and 24 loop hardstandings, and two T2...
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