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Jay Karpin

Lieutenant (Sep.) Jay Karpin is an Army Air Corps veteran who served between 1944 and 1945. Karpin is a distinguished bombardier who flew more than 35 bombing missions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Lieutenant (Sep.) Jay Karpin is an Army Air Corps veteran who served between 1944 and 1945. Karpin is a distinguished bombardier who flew more than 35 bombing missions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Lieutenant (Sep.) Jay Karpin is an Army Air Corps veteran who served between 1944 and 1945. Karpin is a distinguished bombardier who flew more than 35 bombing missions during World War II. He began his career in the B-24 Liberator. After flying 12 missions, he was reassigned by General Jimmy Doolittle to the B-17 Flying Fortress, and flew 23 more missions. At the age of 19, Karpin was on one of the first crews flying over Omaha Beach on June 6 during the D-Day invasion, witnessing the battle on the ground, ultimately losing two aircraft from their formation. Karpin was awarded the Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, 4 battle stars, a Presidential Group Citation from Franklin D. Roosevelt, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, a personal citation from General Jimmy Doolittle, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Karpin would go on to train new bombardiers on the B-29 and then later provided key consultation on multiple aircraft. He helped develop groundbreaking air-to-air refueling capabilities on the F-84 Thunderjet and the F-105 Thunderchief, and was instrumental in the improved flying range of fighter aircraft. Today, Karpin runs an air quality consulting business for military and civilian aircraft.