|Sgt. Shubat was a tail gunner in a B-25 bomber when he was fatally wounded.|
Tony Shubat could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on March 15, 1917 in Michigan. His Croatian parents were both born in Yugoslavia when it was part of Austria-Hungary. They came to America in 1908. His father was an iron miner. Tony had three older sisters, an older brother, and a younger brother.
Tony joined the Army Air Corps and rose to the tank of tech sergeant in the 17th Bombardment Group which flew B-25 Mitchell bombers. This is the same unit that executed the famous Doolittle raid on Tokyo, although Sgt. Shubat was not on that mission. He was active with the unit beginning in North Africa in December 1942.
According to information shared at findagrave.com, Sgt. Shubat was a tail gunner on a mission over Sicily on July 9, 1943. It was his 37th mission and slated to be his last, after which he would return home. Sadly, he was wounded on this final mission and lost a lot of blood on the flight back to Tunisia. Efforts to save Sgt. Shubat's life were unsuccessful and he died two days later.
His remains were returned to be buried at Stambaugh Cemetery, Iron River, Michigan.
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