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Peter Hudec
B-17 Navigator, 43rd Bombardment Group, 65th Bombardment Squadron

Navigator B-17E 41-9234

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Peter Hudec was born on November 19, 1917 and lived in the New York City area. He joined the USAAF and was assigned to the 43rd Bombardment Group, 65th Bombardment Squadron as a B-17 navigator.

On January 8, 1943 he was navigator aboard B-17E 41-9234 on a bombing mission against Lae and survived the force landing near Black Cat Pass. Afterwards, on August 4, 1943, he married Olive Turner of Townsville, Australia.

The couple divorced in 1949. and Hudec returned to New York and became a lawyer. Hudec passed away November 1, 1994 in Glen Oaks in Queens, New York.

Andrew Apollony (nephew)
"My brother and I would like to visit the crash site.  We live in Virginia, USA. I have a picture of him in Miami, Florida, USA, in September, 1949."

Thanks to Warren B. Turner for information on Oliver Turner & wedding photograph

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