Maurice Joondeph

media-20647.jpeg UPL 20647 Capt. Maurice Joondeph of the 340th BS, 97th BG photographed upon the completion of his 50th combat mission.

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Object Number - UPL 20647 - Capt. Maurice Joondeph of the 340th BS, 97th BG photographed upon the completion of his 50th combat mission.

Mr. Joondeph was born on Aug. 27, 1918 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Mr. Joondeph was married to his wife, Olga, a registered nurse and homemaker.

In 1936, he graduated from Manual Training High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. He received a bachelor of science degree from the College of Pharmacy, Columbia University in 1940.

Mr. Joondeph was licensed to practice pharmacy in the states of Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey and New York. He was the pharmacist in charge and owner of a community pharmacy in Ridgewood, N.J. from 1946 to 1977.

As pharmacist consultant to John F. Prudden, M.D., from 1977 to 1999, Mr. Joondeph prepared and dispensed medication to the doctor’s research study patients.

In 1953, Mr. Joondeph was president of the Bergen County, N.J. Pharmaceutical Society.

While serving, from 1942-1945, in the United States Army Air Corps., a B-17 aircraft commander and as a group leader bomber pilot, he completed 50 combat mission the European theater in World War II. By the time he left the Air Corps, he was elevated to the rank of captain, and received the Presidential Unit Citation (Ploesti), the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal (2 clusters).



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Ground personnel of the 97th Bomb Group reservice a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9023) nicknamed "Yankee Doodle", following the raid on Rouen. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 18 Aug 1942.' [stamp], 'Air=SER (Boeing).' [written annotation] and '216112.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'U.S FLYING FORTRESSES RAID ROUEN IN DAYLIGHT. Associated Press Photo Shows: No sooner had one of the huge Fortresses landed after the raid than ground crew im
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment



Event Location Date Description


Brooklyn, NY, USA 27 August 1918


Grosse Pointe, MI, USA 14 November 2004


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97th Bomb Group Association, Inc., Roster - June 1, 2000 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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