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Vincent Louis Hrupek


Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: BS, GC, WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 38th Fighter Squadron
  • 84th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...


Event Location Date
Born Omaha, NE, USA 25 July 1911

Son of Catherine Hrupek.

Enlisted 2 June 1941
Based Wormingford 1943 – 1945

Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 23 October 1946

Honourable discharge.

Died Omaha, NE, USA 27 September 1991
Buried Saint Johns Cemetery Bellevue, Sarpy County, NE October 1991

Saint Johns Cemetery
Sarpy County, Nebraska


Date Contributor Update
08 December 2021 15:51:48 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2019 13:43:32 Stas Changes to biography

Bronze Star presented by Brig. General Murray Woodbury.

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2019 09:38:45 Emily Changes to unit associations and place associations

Associated 78th Fighter Group as per Hrupek's listing on page 139 of the Duxford Diary Document 16934

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2019 04:32:25 Stas Changes to awards

Service records and have in our possession.

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2018 14:24:02 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2017 09:35:29 Pyker Changes to role

Added role as advised by family.

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27 September 2014 18:26:29 AAM AAM ingest

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