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SSgt William J. Budai
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Birth: unknown
Death: Nov. 18, 1943

Ball/Tunnel Gunner S/Sgt William J. Budai, DFC MIA/KIA
Hometown Toledo, OH
Squadron: 565th BS 389th Bomb Group
Service # 35337676
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
Pilot 1/Lt John B. McCormick, MIA/KIA Syracuse, NY

Target: Oslo, Norway
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#: 2885
Date Lost: 18-Nov-43
Serial Number: 42-40787
Aircraft Model B-24D-95-CO
Aircraft Letter: V
Aircraft Name: VAGABOND KING
Location: North Sea
Cause: German Fw-190's -- 10 KIA
Notes: See Bomber Pilot pages 147-152 for more details

Sgt Budai's body was never recovered.

Pilot McCormick and the crew of VAGABONG KING With Sgt Budai were veterans of "Operation Tidal Wave" August 1 1943 one of the most daring raids of WW2. Coming in at tree top level the Sky Scorpions destroy the Steaua Romana oil refinery. The refinery does not produce oil for six months. The 389th earns Presidential Unit Citation, all of the crews receive the Distinguished Flying Cross, The 389th BG loses six aircraft on the Ploesti mission.

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Note: Entered the service from Ohio.
 
Burial:
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
Coton
South Cambridgeshire District
Cambridgeshire, England
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
 
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56288203
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- Legsie11
 Added: Feb. 11, 2016

- Legsie11
 Added: Jul. 29, 2015
In memory of your heroism over Ploesti August 1, 1943- Toledo has not forgotten you.
- Dan Masters
 Added: Jan. 16, 2015
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