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Maurice Joondeph


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).



Units served with

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 340th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born Brooklyn, NY, USA 27 August 1918
Died Grosse Pointe, MI, USA 14 November 2004


Date Contributor Update
06 March 2016 14:32:00 lritger Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards and events

Biographical information from obituary (14 November 2004) at

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:51 AAM AAM ingest

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