Staff Sergeant Clifford J. Marhefke

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Collection Winnebago County Historical Commission
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Description Gelatin print of Staff Sergeant Clifford J. Marhefke.
Year Range from 1942
Event World War II
Year range to 1943
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes Candid outdoor view of Staff Sergeant Clifford J. Marhefke. He is wearing his service uniform with staff sergeant stripes and Army Air Force patch on his left shoulder. He also wears gunner's qualification wings above his left breast pocket. Taken in a desert location, possibly a training field in Texas.
Clifford J. Marhefke was born October 3, 1921 in Oshkosh, WI, the son of Stanley and Gertrude Marhefke. He graduated from Oshkosh high School in December 1940 and went to work for Mondl Manufacturing. He was drafted into the Army in September 1942. He trained as a tail gunner on B-17s at Sheppard Field, Texas. He came home on leave in June 1943 and bragged to friends and neighbors that he was a part of the best bomber crew in the Air Force. He was assigned to the 8th Air Force and flew bombing missions over Europe. His B-17 was shot down and he was killed in action on July 14, 1943. He was awarded the Air Medal posthumously for having shot down a German fighter.
Object ID P2005.20.24
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Marhefke, Clifford J.
Print size 3" x 4"
Subjects Portrait photographs
World War II
European Theater of Operations
United States Army Air Force
Title Staff Sergeant Clifford J. Marhefke
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