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Joseph Vukovich


Shot down 13 August 1944 on 1st mission in B-17 42-107030 over German occupied France. Was not captured by the Germans, but evaded capture by hiding with French underground. Discharged November 1945. Plane was Fifinella.

Fifty four years later at Beale AFB Vukovich finally got his Air Medal.



Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107030 Fifinella

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 2/2/44; Grenier 5/3/44; Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-T] Bassingbourn 25/3/44; Missing in Action 54m Le Manoir RR bridge, Fr 13/8/44 with Tom Smith (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Joe Vukovich, Navigator: Alex Calder, Ball turret gunner: Jesse...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Glennie, Michigan 14 March 1924
Evaded 13 August 1944


Date Contributor Update
31 March 2020 10:23:41 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events, place associations and aircraft associations

Biography completed by historian Helen Millgate. Information sourced from newsletters of the 91st Bomb Group related to the service of Joe Vukovich.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:02 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, MACR 7898