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Joseph Julius Scuglik





  • Gailard Mergenthaler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 May 1944 in B-17 42-97091 'Dear Mom. ' Prisoner or War (POW).

  • Jerry Payne

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    On a mission to Poznan, Poland, B-17G #42-39894 'Barbara' left the formation due to a fuel leak and was shot down by fighters, exploded in mid-air, and crashed near Funen, Dnmark on 20 Feb 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Gene Peterson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Prentice Weathers

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 13 Apr 1944

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102559

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 8/4/44 STAR DUST; battle damaged Berlin 26/2/45 with ?; force landed Thionville A/fd, Fr; Salvaged 9/3/45. MY TRUE LOVE.

  • 42-102626

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/3/44; Hunter 17/4/44; Grenier 26/4/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 3/5/44 THE WORRY BIRD; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 27/6/45. (battle damaged Bischofsheim, Ger 13/1/45 with ?;...

  • 42-31760 'Ikky Poo'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 11/12/43; Gt Falls 17/12/43; Danver 20/12/43; Kearney 31/12/43; Presque Is 24/1/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-D] Horham 4/2/44; 17m, Missing in Action night practice mission 6/11/44 with George Birch McVay; Co-pilot: Charles O’Brien,...

  • 42-31996

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/1/44; Gt Falls 14/1/44; Kearney 23/1/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 8/2/44 LADY LILLIAN; Missing in Action Kassel 18/10/44 with ?; flak, crashed Gosselies A/fd, Bel; 9RTD; Salvaged 6/11/44. WAR WEARY.

  • 42-3518 Lady Lillian

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/7/43; Rapid City 10/8/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 9/9/43; transferred RCM 803BS Sculthorpe /44; damaged by PB4Y explosion on APH mission 12-8-44; Salvaged 14/11/44. ...

  • 42-97098 'FORTRESS NINE'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dorval (Montreal) 7/2/44; Assigned RAF [HB-761]; transferred USAAF 31/3/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG [K] Knettishall 1/7/44; Missing in Action Berlin 6/8/48 with Don Kluth, Co-pilot: Bob Stewart, Navigator: Fred Sanborn, Bombardier: Walt Collins,...

  • 42-97289

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/2/44; Rapid City 5/3/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 22/4/44; no ops, transferred 561BS/388BG [ -Q] Knettishall 28/4/44; (18m) on return from Merseburg 29/7/44 with Gene Peterson, Co-pilot: Victor Locke, Navigator:...

  • 44-6171

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 19/5/44; Kearney 29/5/44; Grenier 5/6/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG [L] Knettishall 11/6/44; Missing in Action Peenemunde 25/8/44 with Leon Sutton(went down with ship), Navigator: George Healey, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Walt Midget...


  • 8th Air Force 212

    6 February 1944
    German airfields and V-Weapon sites in France are the primary targets of this mission. A combined force total of 642 heavy bombers are depatched from 8th Air Force 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions. The primary targets of 1st Bomb Division were the...

  • 301

    13 April 1944

  • 351

    11 May 1944

  • 353

    12 May 1944

  • 358

    19 May 1944

  • 373

    27 May 1944

  • 407

    12 June 1944
    Willie Hussong got his arm caught in the door of the lower ball turret. Palmer and Rollinger pried him out with a gun barrel. Bombed an airfield. Hussong hospitalized.

  • 412

    14 June 1944
    Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.

  • 414

    15 June 1944

  • 416

    16 June 1944

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Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...


Event Location Date
Born Kenosha, Wisconsin 5 April 1922
Lived in Kenosha, WI June 1942

1813 44th Street

Enlisted Milwaukee, WI 2 November 1942
Wounded In Action Augsburg, Germany 13 April 1944

Scuglik was wounded by a 20mm shell in an attack that killed the pilot of a/c 42-32030, Prentice Weathers. He was off flying status for almost a month while he recovered.

Died 8 January 2019

Loving Husband, Father, Servant of God and Patriot, Joseph Scuglik, 96, of Kenosha, passed away Jan. 8, 2019 at his home.

Joe was born in Kenosha on April 5, 1922, to Stefan and Pauline Scuglik. He was educated in Kenosha Schools.

From 1942-1945, Joe served in the Army Air Corps during World War II flying over 30 missions in the B17 as a Flight Engineer and Top Turret Gunner. Joe and his crew crash landed 3 times and he was presented the "Lucky Bastard Club" award. Joe earned a Purple Heart when he was injured as his plane was strafed with machinegun fire, killing the pilot, while Joe, as the top turret gunner, as well as the waist gunner were wounded.

He also was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with a four-leaf cluster, the European-African-Middle East Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, The Normandy-Northern Europe Ribbon for his D-Day Missions, The American Defense Medal, The French Cross Honorable Conflict and Victory Medal for World War II. Joe proudly was among the veterans that participated in the second honor flight of Wisconsin WWII veterans in May of 2010.

After his time in the service, Joe returned to the United States and married Bernice Burdick on July 28, 1945.

He worked his career at MacWhyte Wire Rope as Rope Mill Superintendent until his retirement.

Joseph was a dedicated lifelong member of St Anthony's Catholic Church in Kenosha and he served his parish over 50 years as a trustee and usher. Joe was also a member of the Slovak Catholic Sokol, First Catholic Slovak Union and many MacWhyte Clubs.

Buried Kenosha, Wisconsin 23 January 2019

All Saints Mausoleum
Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA



Date Contributor Update
08 November 2020 02:51:05 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, awards, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /