Peter served as a Technical Sergeant & Radio Operator on B-17 "Holy Mackeral" (#42-3265), 337th Bomber Squadron, 96th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.
He resided in New York County, New York prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on October 30, 1942 in New York City, New York. He was noted as being employed as a Stock Clerk and also as Single, without dependents.
Peter was "Killed In Action" when his B-17, while returning from a bombing mission to Bremen, Germany, was hit by enemy flak which caused explosions on his plane and the pilot lost all control due to the damage.
The "Holy Mackeral" ended up running into B-17 (#42-30860) causing them to crash into the Wadden Sea (North Sea). The "Holy Mackeral" also ended up in a crash landing at Kimewerd, South of Harlingen, Holland.
Peter was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
He was originally interred in the Netherlands and was later repatriated here on January 28, 1949.
Service # 12181047
Airmen who perished on B-17 (#42-3265):
Coleman, Andrew E., Jr., S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, Massachusetts
Dudus, Peter J., T/Sgt, Radio Operator, New York
Hovorka, Victor, 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, Nebraska
Kinney, George A., S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, Rhode Island
Le Blanc, Ewing J., 2nd Lt, Pilot, Louisiana
Martire, Silvio, T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, New York
Mattarochia, John, S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, Pennsylvania
Sudbury, Robert E., S/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner, Florida
Airmen who became POW's from B-17 (#42-3265):
Rogers, Lowell, 2nd Lt, Bombardier
Wales, Kenneth S. J., 2nd Lt, Navigator, Maryland
For the Crew of B-17 (#42-30860) see:
TSgt Arthur Lucien Lemieux
( Above bio & Crew Reports by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )
TSgt Peter J Dudus
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