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 : http://www.486th.org
“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 http://www.486th.org/Assn/LastFlt16.html
Units served with
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...
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...
||South Boston, Massachusetts, United States
||5 October 1918
the son of Lithuania-born John and Dorothy (Warekojis) Ruplenas
||Ward 7, Boston, Boston City, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
||Boston, Massachusetts, United States
||24 June 1941
in the Air Corps
||Martinsburg, West Virginia, United States
||16 April 2016