Berube, Joseph A., S/Sgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 011-Airplane and Engine Mechanic
Last MOS Group
Ordnance (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1940-1943, AAF MOS 011, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
Service Years
1940 - 1943

Staff Sergeant

One Service Stripe

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Fall River

Casualty Date
Oct 24, 1943
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Papua New Guinea
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen [Verified]

 Ribbon Bar

AAF Aerial Gunner Wings

 Unit Assignments
US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1940-1943, AAF MOS 011, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941
  1941-1945 World War II
  1943-1943 Northern Solomons Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of New Georgia
  1943-1943 Northern Solomons Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of the Treasury Islands (Operation Goodtime)
  1943-1943 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Wau
  1943-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
8th Bomber Squadron, 3rd Bomber Group,( Light), 5th Air Force. "Grim Reapers"

On 24 October 1943, SSgt. Berube was the radio operator aboard B-25D bomber "WE DOOD IT" (tail number 41-20276 ) that departed Oro Bay Airfield, Dobodura, New Guinea on a bombing run of enemy targets in Rabaul. As the aircraft neared its target, it was attacked by Japanese fighter aircraft. Crewmen from other aircraft said they saw the B-25 crash near a plantation at Kabanga Point. There were no survivors.

1st Lt Robert H Miller, pilot
2nd Lt Robert L Hale, co-pilot
SSgt Joseph A. Berube, radio operator
SSgt Glendon Harris, top turret gunner

The remains of the crew were recovered in 2006h

Note: Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 979
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, ACM, ADM, APC, WWII Victory Medal.

MOS: 011
Enlisted on 11/16/1940 at Boston, Massachusetts

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