Staff Sergeant (Separated) Joseph Brucker was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Forces during WWII. He was drafted in 1943 and served as a B-25 Mitchell tail gunner until the war's end in 1945. Brucker served with the 11th Bomb Squadron and was forward stationed in China where B-25 crews flew missions throughout the Pacific theater attacking Japanese targets.
After the war, Brucker became a lawyer and practiced law for 58 years. He recently retired and lives in Springfield, Ohio.
Brucker visited Grimes Field, Ohio, on April 14, 2010, on the occasion of the Doolittle Raiders’ 68th reunion. The event commemorated the anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid. On April 18th, 1942, U.S. Army Air Forces Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle’s squad of 16 B-25s bombed targets in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.