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John Peter Rudell

Military

SSGT John Peter Rudell
BIRTH : 28 Dec 1917 - Wausau, Wisconsin - USA
DEATH : 19 May 1992 - Age 74 - Grass Valley, California, USA
BURIAL : Pine Grove Cemetery Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
MEMORIAL ID : 126371114 · View Source

Staff Sergeant John Rudell was assigned to the 328th Bomb Squadron, the 93rd Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force, USAAF. He was on TDY to the 9th Air Force in Benghazi, Libya, in North Africa. He flew on Operation Tidal Wave to Ploesti, Romania, and was interned in Turkey after the mission, with his pilot, Lt. Claude A. Turner, and crew, in the B-24D, 42-40608, named, The Vulgar Virgin. 1 Aug 43.

Awards: DFC - PH - WWII Victory - EAME

Service

People

  • James Marquis

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | B-24 Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Lt. James E. Marquis was born on February 6, 1922. After completing his navigator flight training in the U.S. Lt. Marquis, was assigned to the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron in the United Kingdom, and was temporarily...

  • Claude Turner

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Lt. Claude A. Turner was born in Travis Peak, Texas, on Oct 22, 1919. He trained as an aviation pilot at Kelly Field and other air bases in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. After receiving his pilot's wings, Turner was assigned to the 8th Air Force,...

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Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-40608 - The Vulgar Virgin

    B-24 Liberator
    NOTE - The B-24D, named, The Vulgar Virgin, 42-40608, was originally in the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 328th Bomb Squadron. It was temporarily detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bomb Squadron, in...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Wausau, Marathon, WI 28 December 1917

Son of Henry and Elizabeth [Horn] Rudell.

Enlisted Milwaukee, WI 6 June 1942

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Hospitalised Egypt August 1943

Left tibia fractured, shrapnel.

Interned 1 August 1943
Based 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 26 August 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Grass Valley, CA 19 May 1992
Buried Pine Grove Cemetery Wausau, Marathon County, WI 22 May 1992

Pine Grove Cemetery
Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2021 22:16:15 Kickapoo Changes to biography
Sources

Best Web - B-24 - 42-40608 - The Vulgar Virgin

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2021 21:50:09 Kickapoo Changes to biography
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Find A Grave Memorials - John Peter Rudell

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2021 21:38:36 Kickapoo Changes to nickname, role, biography and awards
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Best Web - B-24 - 42-40608 - The Valient Virgin

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2020 16:03:49 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations and unit associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/686768041
https://www.fold3.com/record/48002114/social-security-death-index-john-r...
https://www.fold3.com/record/89580366/world-war-ii-army-enlistment-recor...
https://www.fold3.com/record/701779296/u-s-wwii-hospital-admission-card-...
https://www.fold3.com/record/621420711/u-s-department-of-veterans-affair...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/126371114/john-p-rudell

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2019 14:22:38 general ira snapsorter Changes to events and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I p. 221

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