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Joseph Peter Kutger

Military

Assigned to 783BS, 465BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from raid on Oil refinery in Blechhammer, Germany. When B-24 42-28853 lost a wing over the target he was grabbing his chute when he was blown out of the aircraft, able to attach it to his harness as he fell he survived to be captured. 20-Nov-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 9889.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Remained in USAF, rising to the rank of Colonel. From 1946 to 1948 served at Hickham Air Force Base, Hawaii. From 1952 to 1956 served in Philippines flying reconnaissance missions with the French over Vietnam. From 1966 to 1972 (after retirement from the Air Force) served with USAID, mostly with Hmong and other mountain dwelling people to convince them to support U.S. troops.

Service

People

  • Clarence Lokker

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Commander - Command Pilot | 465th Bomb Group
    Clarence Jack Lokker has answered that last call, and now stands on the “Plains of Valhalla” with others of that “long gray line” who await us all. ...

Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 465th Bomb Group

    465th Bomb Group

    Group
    It was constituted as the 465th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 May 1943 ...

  • 783rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born New York, New York 26 May 1917
Lived in Morrisville, PA 19067, USA 1941

Husband of Lelia R Kutger.

Based Pantanella 1943 – 20 November 1944

Assigned to 783BS, 465BG, 15AF USAAF.

Shot down / baled out Blechhammer, 92439 Bodenwöhr, Germany 20 November 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) from raid on Oil refinery in Blechhammer, Germany. When B-24 42-28853 lost a wing over the target he was grabbing his chute when he was blown out of the aircraft, able to attach it to his harness as he fell he survived to be captured. 20-Nov-44. POW. MACR 9889.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 20 November 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Died Tulare, CA 19 October 1989
Buried November 1989

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2017 19:34:05 SeaCure Changes to media associations
Sources

This photo is one of a collection I have of my father's military career.

Date Contributor Update
24 September 2017 21:25:10 SeaCure Changes to nickname and biography
Sources

I have edited some locations in the personal information section and some post-war career information in the biography section. I am Colonel Kutger's daughter. There is a fairly detailed story about the crew of my dad's plane being shot down posted on the internet.

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2016 13:11:26 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=41-28853&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/139183222
http://wwii-pows.mooseroots.com/l/54987/Joseph-P-Kutger
Bombing Europe: The Illustrated Exploits of the Fifteenth Air Force by Kevin A Mahoney
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=33467577

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