Hubert A Zemke

Military
Colonel Hubert Zemke of the 56th Fighter Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'First Lieutenant Hub Zemke, US Army Air Corps, 8th Pursuit Group, Mitchel Field, Long Island, New York. Taken just before dispersal to England as an Observer to the Royal Air Force.'

Object Number - FRE 9841 - Colonel Hubert Zemke of the 56th Fighter Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'First Lieutenant Hub Zemke, US Army Air Corps, 8th Pursuit Group,...

17 air victories with 56th FG flying P-47s, 2 1/2 with 479th FG flying P-51s. Lost 30 October 1944 when P-51 broke up in storm. Prisoner of War (POW) in Stalag Luft I. Was appointed as head of American Prisoner of War (POW)s while in camp. Retired from USAF in 1967. Aircraft included 'May Tavarish' and 'Oregon's Britannia'.

Also flew an experimental mission where they put a Bombsight in the nose of a droop snoop P-38J with Maj Arthur R Scroggins. Bombed an airfield in France but upon returning the A/C brakes failed and crew were lucky to survive the landing.

DSC/ SS/ DFC w/ 7 Oak Leaf Clusters/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Clusters/ PH/ Army Commendation Medal / British DFC/ Croix de Guerre with Palm (France)/ Croix de Guerre with Palm (Belgium)

17.75 confirmed aerial victories

Note: All official government documents for Col Zemke do not have a middle initial or middle name. His DSC, SS, DFC and AM award documents reflect ZEMKE, HUBERT and Missing Air Crew Report #10423, reflect ZEMKE, Hubert (nmi).

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 56th Fighter Group Headquarters (56th Fighter Group)
  • Service Numbers: 0 574 019
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Communications and Photo Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 507th Fighter Group 56th Fighter Group 463rd Fighter Squadron 63rd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-2045114, T-223051
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers 369th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-753914
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 56th Fighter Group 62nd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-432203
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
Lieutenant-Colonel Preston Piper of the 385th Bomb Group reports to intelligence officer First Lieutenant John Murray after a mission. Image stamped on reverse; ‘Keystone Press.’ [stamp], ‘Passed for Publication [illegible] Nov 1943.’ [stamp] and ‘292906.’ [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'PRESENTATION OF AWARDS TO THE HEROIC FLYERS OF THE EIGHTH AIR FORCE. So many American flyers of the Eighth Air Force here achieved many high distinctions that the presentation of medals and awards ha
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 385th Bomb Group 56th Fighter Group 551st Bomb Squadron 63rd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 3946A; O-401044
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: Moy Tavarish мой това́рищ
  • Unit: 56th Fighter Group 62nd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: Happy Warrior / Oregon's Britannia
  • Unit: 56th Fighter Group 63rd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-38 Lightning
  • Nicknames: Fubar
  • Unit: Base Air Depot 3 55th Fighter Group 56th Fighter Group 338th Fighter Squadron
The wreck of a P-47 Thunderbolt (UN-Z , serial number 42-75864) of the 56th Fighter Group owned by Colonel Hubert Zemke, but crashed by anther airman. Handwritten on image: '275864 Sal 17/3/44.' Zemke has handwritten on the reverse: 'This what happens when your aircraft is lent out. In Nov 1944 I was sent to the zone of interior on a visit to bases- & on bond ralleys. Somehow my personal aircraft was lent to someone nt quite up to its capabilities. On my return I noticed a later freshly painted model stoo
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 56th Fighter Group 63rd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 405th Fighter Group 56th Fighter Group 63rd Fighter Squadron

Places

  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Missoula, MT, USA 1914-03-14 Son of Benno and Anna M Zemke.

Died

Oroville, CA, USA 1994-08-30

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Barth, Germany 1944-10-30 Prisoner of War (POW) . Stalag Luft I.

Other

Transferred to 479th Fighter Group

Wattisham, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7, UK 1944-08-12

Revisions

Date11 May 2021 14:37:53
ContributorEmily
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Restored middle initial A based on signatures & handwritten signed letters written by Hub Zemke to Roger Freeman, held in IWM supporting documentation for the Roger Freeman Collection

Date11 May 2021 12:49:40
Contributordecwriter
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NARA award documents, MACR #10423, social security and all official registers for Col Zemke reflect no middle initial or middle name.

Date26 Apr 2021 00:32:13
Contributordecwriter
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Col Zemke's bio photo show numerous decorations and awards. He wears the Army Commendation Medal as the AF Commendation Medal was approved in 1959, thus equivalent. AF members continued to receive the Army Commendation Medal until 1959. All foreign decorations are listed after US decorations and awards.

Date2 Sep 2020 22:37:25
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a connection to Stalag Luft 1 per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date26 Aug 2020 22:15:52
Contributorjmoore43
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Removed a space in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.
Updated the S/N and Added POW camp info to the POW event from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date6 Jan 2016 12:43:38
ContributorAl_Skiff
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AAM DB Entry [ Arthur R Scroggins ]

Date11 Feb 2015 14:40:17
ContributorEmily
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Associated Stalag Luft I

Date4 Feb 2015 15:43:58
ContributorEmily
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Associated images of Zemke

Date10 Oct 2014 08:58:10
ContributorEmily
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Associated media

Date3 Oct 2014 10:29:00
ContributorEmily
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Update location pin for Stalag Luft I

Date3 Oct 2014 10:28:00
ContributorEmily
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MACR 10423 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Mighty Eighth by Roger Freeman; Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45 MACR 10423

Freeman, The Mighty Eighth, p. 276

Freeman, The Hub

Date27 Sep 2014 18:13:21
ContributorAAM
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Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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