TSGT Paul Redmond Krubel

TSGT Paul Redmond Krubel Veteran

Birth
Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death
26 Sep 1944 (aged 23)
Bremerhaven, Stadt Bremerhaven, Bremen, Germany
Burial
Wakefield, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA GPS-Latitude: 42.5178362, Longitude: -71.0595423
Plot
Veterans Section Plot #13
Memorial ID
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TSgt. Paul Redmond Krubel serial number 11069263 was born March 18, 1921, and was killed in action September 26, 1944, as part of Mission 648, the bombing of Bremen, Germany.

Paul enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in September 1942.

TSgt. Paul R. Krubel was the radio operator on the B-17G "Hurry Home" 43-37818, 447th Bomb Group, 709th Squadron, as part of a crew of 9 men.

MACR (Missing Air Crew Report) 9401 reports that on September 26, 1944, at 1610 hours, the "Hurry Home" took a direct flak hit in the right wing just after bombs away.
Eyewitness statements in the MACR report as follows: "This aircraft flew #3 in the 2nd lead element squadron of the low group of 4A wing. This group bombed Bremerhaven as a last resort target. Aircraft # 818 received a direct flak hit over target just after bombs away. At 1610 hours this aircraft was observed to be on fire with the entire right wing ablaze and part of #4 engine falling away. The aircraft went into a spin and then exploded and disintegrated. It was last seen a few miles north of the spot where it suffered initial damage. 2 to 3 chutes were seen before aircraft exploded."

MACR reports that 3 men were able to escape this aircraft:

1st Lt. Roman Pajakowski navigator
2nd Lt. George J. Dvorak pilot
T/Sgt. Galen E Miller Jr Top Turret

Pajakowski and Dvorak were taken POWs. T/Sgt. Galen E Miller Jr's body was recovered and was buried October 3, 1944, at Garrison Cemetery Wesermuende-Geestemuende in Section II, Area G, Row 51, Grave #50.

This was part of mission #648 which originated from Rattlesden as part of the Eighth Air Force 447th Bomb Group, 709th bomb squadron operations in the bombing of Bremen.

The bombing of Bremerhaven resulted in damage to U-Boat #3509 which was being constructed at the Schichau Seebeckwerft facility.

The entire crew of the B-17 "Hurry Home" 43-37818 was as follows:
1Lt Robert Chambers Calef, Jr. Pilot, serial number 0821216
2nd Lt. George J. Dvorak Pilot,Maj George James Dvorak serial number 0706042.
1st Lt. Roman R. Pajakowski Navigator, serial number 0707974 Roman Robert Pajakowski
1Lt Donald Nicholas Fehrenbach , serial number 0756962
TSGT Paul Redmond Krubel Radio Operator, serial number 11069263
TSGT Galen E Miller, Jr Top Turret, serial number 33574233
SSgt Frank J Martin Ball Turret, serial number 31139065
SSGT Wayne S Thompson Tail Gunner, serial number 38370670
SSGT John Karbowsky Waist Gunner, serial number 33591618

TSgt. Paul R. Krubel and SSgt. Wayne S. Thompson's bodies were recovered near Cuxhaven, Germany, prior to November 3, 1944. They originally had interment at Brockeswald Cemetery Grave #96 D and #97D.

On June 26, 1949, Mrs. Nora K. Hauptman, Paul's mother, applied for a headstone or marker via form 623 for her son, TSgt. Paul R. Krubel, who had reinterment at Forest Glade Cemetery in Wakefield, MA, Veterans Section Plot #13.

TSgt. Paul Krubel was awarded the following medals for his service:
Purple Heart
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters
American Theater Service Ribbon
European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Ribbon with three bronze campaign stars for participation in Western Europe, Normandy and Northern France campaigns
World War II Victory Ribbon

He graduated from Wakefield High School in 1939 and was a member of the Wakefield Congregational Church and a former member of the junior choir.
He was a member of Melrose Chapter Order of DeMolay.
Before entering the service in September 1942, he was employed by Stone and Webster Company, Boston, and worked in his spare time at the soda fountain at Nagle's Drug Store.

Paul Redmond Krubel was the son of Paul Krubel and Nora Redmond who were married in 1920 in Dedham, Massachusetts. Paul Krubel was the son of Richard Krubel and Lena Walter and was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Nora Redmond was the daughter of Cornelius Redmond and Harriet Bamford and was born in England.
TSgt. Paul Redmond Krubel serial number 11069263 was born March 18, 1921, and was killed in action September 26, 1944, as part of Mission 648, the bombing of Bremen, Germany.

Paul enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in September 1942.

TSgt. Paul R. Krubel was the radio operator on the B-17G "Hurry Home" 43-37818, 447th Bomb Group, 709th Squadron, as part of a crew of 9 men.

MACR (Missing Air Crew Report) 9401 reports that on September 26, 1944, at 1610 hours, the "Hurry Home" took a direct flak hit in the right wing just after bombs away.
Eyewitness statements in the MACR report as follows: "This aircraft flew #3 in the 2nd lead element squadron of the low group of 4A wing. This group bombed Bremerhaven as a last resort target. Aircraft # 818 received a direct flak hit over target just after bombs away. At 1610 hours this aircraft was observed to be on fire with the entire right wing ablaze and part of #4 engine falling away. The aircraft went into a spin and then exploded and disintegrated. It was last seen a few miles north of the spot where it suffered initial damage. 2 to 3 chutes were seen before aircraft exploded."

MACR reports that 3 men were able to escape this aircraft:

1st Lt. Roman Pajakowski navigator
2nd Lt. George J. Dvorak pilot
T/Sgt. Galen E Miller Jr Top Turret

Pajakowski and Dvorak were taken POWs. T/Sgt. Galen E Miller Jr's body was recovered and was buried October 3, 1944, at Garrison Cemetery Wesermuende-Geestemuende in Section II, Area G, Row 51, Grave #50.

This was part of mission #648 which originated from Rattlesden as part of the Eighth Air Force 447th Bomb Group, 709th bomb squadron operations in the bombing of Bremen.

The bombing of Bremerhaven resulted in damage to U-Boat #3509 which was being constructed at the Schichau Seebeckwerft facility.

The entire crew of the B-17 "Hurry Home" 43-37818 was as follows:
1Lt Robert Chambers Calef, Jr. Pilot, serial number 0821216
2nd Lt. George J. Dvorak Pilot,Maj George James Dvorak serial number 0706042.
1st Lt. Roman R. Pajakowski Navigator, serial number 0707974 Roman Robert Pajakowski
1Lt Donald Nicholas Fehrenbach , serial number 0756962
TSGT Paul Redmond Krubel Radio Operator, serial number 11069263
TSGT Galen E Miller, Jr Top Turret, serial number 33574233
SSgt Frank J Martin Ball Turret, serial number 31139065
SSGT Wayne S Thompson Tail Gunner, serial number 38370670
SSGT John Karbowsky Waist Gunner, serial number 33591618

TSgt. Paul R. Krubel and SSgt. Wayne S. Thompson's bodies were recovered near Cuxhaven, Germany, prior to November 3, 1944. They originally had interment at Brockeswald Cemetery Grave #96 D and #97D.

On June 26, 1949, Mrs. Nora K. Hauptman, Paul's mother, applied for a headstone or marker via form 623 for her son, TSgt. Paul R. Krubel, who had reinterment at Forest Glade Cemetery in Wakefield, MA, Veterans Section Plot #13.

TSgt. Paul Krubel was awarded the following medals for his service:
Purple Heart
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters
American Theater Service Ribbon
European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Ribbon with three bronze campaign stars for participation in Western Europe, Normandy and Northern France campaigns
World War II Victory Ribbon

He graduated from Wakefield High School in 1939 and was a member of the Wakefield Congregational Church and a former member of the junior choir.
He was a member of Melrose Chapter Order of DeMolay.
Before entering the service in September 1942, he was employed by Stone and Webster Company, Boston, and worked in his spare time at the soda fountain at Nagle's Drug Store.

Paul Redmond Krubel was the son of Paul Krubel and Nora Redmond who were married in 1920 in Dedham, Massachusetts. Paul Krubel was the son of Richard Krubel and Lena Walter and was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Nora Redmond was the daughter of Cornelius Redmond and Harriet Bamford and was born in England.

Inscription

Paul R Krubel
Massachusetts
Tech SGT
709th AAF Bomb SQ
World War II
March 18 1921
September 26 1944



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