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Peter Paul Ruplenas


Peter Ruplenas attended South Boston High School. While living in South Boston, "Rupy" taught Sunday school and ran track. He received many track and field awards and ran events as long as a 20-mile road race. Enlisting in the Air Corps in June 1941, before Pearl Harbor, he completed basic training in Dover, Delaware. After basic training, Peter followed a two week course in the Photography School at Davis-Monthan Army Air Field in Tucson, Arizona. He also served in Miami, Florida, with the 9th Anti-Submarine Squadron. Sent overseas in late Spring 1944, he was stationed at Station 174 in Sudbury, Suffolk, England with the 486th (Heavy) Bomb Group, where he served in the Group’s photographic section (835th and 836th Squadrons). He was able to fly along on several bombing raids and capture some amazing photos, many of which appear on the 486th BG’s website :
“Rupy” stayed in the Army after WWII and served in Korea and Viet-Nam. He had been trained in combat techniques and not only carried his trusty cameras in war but also a fire arm. He retired from the Army with the rank of Sergeant 1st Class after 28 years of service. See a tribute to him at


Units served with

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 835th Bomb Squadron
  • 836th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Sudbury

    Military site : airfield
    Situated between the villages of Great Waldingfield and Acton, the airfield was used by the 486th Bomb Group from March 1944 to August 1945. Facilities for administrative offices for the Combat Wing were also made available here and along with barrack...


Event Location Date
Born South Boston, Massachusetts, United States 5 October 1918

the son of Lithuania-born John and Dorothy (Warekojis) Ruplenas

Lived in Ward 7, Boston, Boston City, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 1940
Enlisted Boston, Massachusetts, United States 24 June 1941

in the Air Corps

Died Martinsburg, West Virginia, United States 16 April 2016


Date Contributor Update
05 August 2016 14:20:08 ED-BB Changes to biography

Chose key image

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2016 14:14:54 ED-BB Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:26 AAM AAM ingest

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