Federau, Dudley A., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1054-Co-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron
Lucera, Italy

Casualty Date
Mar 22, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Florence, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot A, Row 7, Grave 18

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World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

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Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1944-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Dudley A. Federau was supposedly born in Ohio in 1918. His parents were Alfred and Alvina C. Federau. The US Censuses 1930 and 1940 both show the family in Cleveland. Federau attended and graduated from East High School in 1935, the year in which he was class president.

He enlisted in 1942, and was chosen as a pilot trainee. After completing this training, he was commissioned, awarded wings, and transitioned into multi-engine aircraft. He was assigned to a bomber unit operating from a forward base in Italy in 1944.

On March 22, 1944, he was the co-pilot on an aircraft dispatched on a bombing mission to Verona, Italy. The target was the railway marshalling yards. A number of enemy aircraft attacked the formation while it was nearing the target.

Eye-witness accounts vary, as one observer stated the # 3 engine was burning, and fighter attacks continued. Another witness stated later the # 4 engine was afire, the aircraft rolled over, dove, and exploded. Some reported 5 chutes out; others said 6.

Actually, German records state that their troops recovered 4 bodies from the aircraft wreckage, and captured 6 men. The dead were buried near Verona, and retrieved by Allied forces after the war.

The death of Lt Federau also has controversy. According to the navigator's report, Lt Federau was slightly wounded and was in the next room to him at a German hospital. After his wounds were treated, he was taken to a POW camp. Other reports, German as well as Allied, state that Lt Federau died on March 28, being shot while attempting to escape. No verification of this has been located.

Lt Federau today is buried in the Florence American Cemetery in Toscana, Italy in Plot A. Row 7, Grave 18.

US Census 1930
US Census 1940


Lt Dudley A. Federau was the assigned co-pilot of B-17G # 42-31660, not named, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 3285 was issued to cover this loss. Mission loading lists state the crew was composed of:

2 Lt Robert B. Lawrence  p
2 Lt Dudley A. Federau  c-p
2 Lt Eugene F. Harris  nav
2 Lt Raymond L. Anderson  bomb
TSgt Kenneth E. Zarder  eng/tt gun
SSgt Charles J. Birbiglia, Jr  r/o
SSgt James H. Figgat  btg
Sgt  Arvil M. Rockwell  wg
SSgt Aloysius A. Yurasha  tail gun
Sgt  Harry E. Gallagher  photo

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Lawrence, Federau, Birbiglia, and Yurasha were killed; others captured.

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