Summary

Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army Air Forces 2
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Captain 3
Birth:
06 Apr 1924 3
1924 1
Cook Co., Illinois 4
Illinois 1
Death:
21 Jul 1954 3
Greenville AFB, Washington, Mississippi 3
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Personal Details

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Person:
Edward Harry Kopsel 5
Edward H Kopsel 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
06 Apr 1924 3
1924 1
Cook Co., Illinois 4
Illinois 1
Death:
21 Jul 1954 3
Greenville AFB, Washington, Mississippi 3
Burial:
Jul 1954 3
Ridgewood Cemetery, Des Plaines, Cook, Illinois 3
Residence:
Place: Cook County, Illinois 1
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Birth:
Mother: Anna F. Schrossow 5
Father: William C. Kopsel 5
Marriage:
Dorothy J. Harris 6
1945 6
Broward Co., Florida 6
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army Air Forces 2
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Captain 3
Service End Date:
21 Jul 1954 3
Enlistment Date:
05 Sep 1942 1
Army Branch:
Air Corps 1
Army Serial Number:
16124489 1
Enlistment Place:
Chicago Illinois 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Occupation:
Packing, filling, labeling, marking, bottling, and related occupations, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0223 1
Film Reel Number: 2.80 1

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  3. U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans — Contributed by millebr
  4. Cook County, Illinois Birth Index — Contributed by millebr
  5. Ancestry.com - Family Trees — Contributed by millebr
  6. Florida Marriage Collection — Contributed by millebr
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Stories

During the second World War, Eddie Kopsel was a member of the 442nd Night Fighter Squadron. He served as a radar intercept officer (R.I.O.) aboard a Northrop P-61 Black Widow. He achieved "ace" status with a total of 5 aerial kills, 4 in the E.T.O. and one in the Pacific. He shared the recognition of the first night kill of a German V-1 "Buzz Bomb" with pilot Lt. Herman E. Ernst flying out of a British airfield on July 16, 1944.

After the war, he was with the 3505th Training Wing stationed at Greenville A.F.B. in Mississippi and was transitioning to jet fighters. He was killed when the Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star he was in impacted the ground.

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