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1Lt Teddy Dudziak

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1Lt Teddy Dudziak

  • Birth 14 Mar 1920 Boston, Erie County, New York, USA
  • Death 18 Nov 1943 At Sea
  • Burial Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
  • Plot Tablets of the Missing
  • Memorial ID 56289345

Teddy served as a First Lieutenant and Pilot on B-24 (#42-7486) "The Shark", 578th Bomber Squadron, 392nd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Erie County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on December 2, 1939, prior to the war. He was noted as being a Widower without dependents.

Teddy was declared "Missing In Action" when his B-24 apparently had to ditch in the North Sea due to battle damage during the war.

He was awarded an Air Medal and a Purple Heart.

Service # O-793067

Teddy also has a "Cenotaph" at the Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California.
" Click Here " for that record.

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( Below Crew Report submitted by John Dowdy )

Report:

For the second consecutive mission, the Group was given a long mission into Norway the only ones to be flown against this country during World War II. Twenty-two (22) aircraft were launched, led by the 579th, and (21) bombed the target from 12,000 ft. with very good results. Once again, enemy fighters were engaged consisting of 20-25 single and twin-engine types with Group gunners claiming (3) kills. The unit suffered (2) aircraft losses, causes unknown, and (20) aircrew casualties all MIA. This was to be the longest mission ever flown by the 392nd as it logged 10:30 hours flight duration.

MISSION LOSS CIRCUMSTANCES:

There is no specific account in the MACR on this aircrew's loss except the notation of this aircraft having been attacked by enemy fighters and suspected of having to ditch in the North Sea. There are no indications as to whether this event took place before or after the target was attacked by the Group.

Other crew members who "Gave Their All" included:

Bartholomew, Daniel, S/Sgt, Pennsylvania
Bauer, Herbert P., T/Sgt, Engineer, Pennsylvania
Berlin, William, 2nd Lt, Navigator, New York
Cattano, Joseph V., 2nd Lt, Bombardier, New York
Mehtala, Arvid, S/Sgt, Minnesota
Miller, John A., Jr., 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, Missouri
Naters, Edmond R., S/Sgt, Gunner, New Jersey
Patterson, Earl A., Jr, S/Sgt, Nose Gunner, California
Watson, Harry Q., T/Sgt, Radio Operator, Ohio

Gravesite Details Entered the service from New York.

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56289345
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt Teddy Dudziak (14 Mar 1920–18 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56289345, citing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .