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|Street: 217 FAIRWAY DR||City & State: BLOOMINGTON, IL||E-Mail:|
|Zip: 61701||Phone: 309-661-5677||Spouse: JOYCE|
|Conflict: WWII||Service Branch: Air Force||Unit: 409 BG 643 SQD|
|Theater:||Where Captured: FRANKFORT||Date Captured: 09/29/44|
|Camps Held In: FRANKFORT ON MAIN, DULAG LUFT, WETLAR ON LAHN RIVER, LUFT 4 COMPOUND-D||How Long Interned: 215 days|
|liberated / repatriated: liberated||Date Liberated: 05/02/45||Age at Capture: 19|
|Medals Received: PURPLE HEART MEDAL, GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL PRISONER OF WAR MEDAL|
|Military Job: BELLYGUNNER / TAILGUNNER||Company: ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY|
|Occupation after War: OPERATING ENGINEER|
James M. Tuchel served as Staff Sergeant during World War II with the U.S. Airforce 409th Bomb Group, 643 Squadron. He was a belly gunner and a tail gunner on a B-17. After being shot down over Frankfort, Germany and being captured on Sept. 29,1944, he was held in many POW camps including Frankfort on Main, Dulag Luft, Wetlar on Lahn River, and also Stalag Luft 4 and Compound-D in Grosstychow in the Pomeranian sector of Northern Germany. During his 215 days in these camps he also survived the 87-day Death March from Feb. 6 to May 2,1945. After he was liberated by British Troops on May 2nd, 1945, Mr. Tuchel received many medals for his time in the services that includes the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, and on October 1988, at Chanute Air Force Base he received his Prisoner Of War Medal.
James died July 11th, 1998, before he passed away he spent time with many organizations. He was a lifetime member of the American Ex-Prisoner War, a member of the Disabled American Veterans Post 40 and 8, and a member with the 409th Bomb Group Air Force Division 9th AF ETO. He was also a Past Commander of the American Legion Post 448 in Minier, Illinois.
Mr. Tuchelís wife Joyce of 45 years, his son and daughter survive him.
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