Staff Sgt Roy R. Cappe Jr

Staff Sergeant Roy Roberts Cappe service no.13041696 was a single man from Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and was born on the 20th August 1917. A graduate of Lebanon High School and Allegheny College he enlisted as a Private in the Aircorps on the 10/1/42 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the time of the accident Roy was 26 making him the oldest member of the crew.

Before enlisting he worked as an Accountant and Auditor at the East Pittsburgh Works of the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, one of the companies that produced M1 Helmet liners during the war. 

Records indicate that Roy was not a regular member of the crew and was attached to the 364th Service Squadron, 39th Service Group, Toome as an Aerial Engineer on "Flying Status".

Roy's original burial took place with full military honours on the 20th April 1944 at Lisnabreeny Military Cemetery, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Plot B Row 2 Grave no.6. After the cemetery was decommissioned in 1947 and upon the request of his family he was exhumed and repatriated to the Unitied States.

On the 24th July 1948 he was finally laid to rest in Allegheny Cemetery, Pennslvania, section 28, lot 378 grave 3. His parents are also buried alongside him.

Roy's older brother, William Rinehart Cappe served as an Airborne Cyrtographer during the war and was involved in the taking of Guadalcanal, he also enlisted at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania a year after his brother on the 14th July 1943.


Roys grave marker and family headstone, Rich Boyer

Roy and his mother Gerzie, Yosemite State Park. The Wawona Tree also known as the Wawona Tunnel Tree fell in 1969 after a heavy snowfall. Photograph supplied by Bill Cappe and passed on By Gary McFarland.

Newspaper articles kindly supplied by Gary McFarland.