1LT Frederick Funderburg, Jr.
332nd Fighter Group - 301st Fighter Squadron - 15th AF
MIA?KIA - 19 December 1944
Scored the first victories for the 301st FS. Went missing 19 December 1944. He was declared dead 30 December 1945,
Units served with
The United States entered World War II with a military that was segregated by race and remained segregated until 1948. War Department planners generally placed White and African-American Army personnel in separate units during World War II.
The 301st was one of four African-American fighter squadrons to enter combat during World War II.
||Tuskegee, AL, USA
||21 February 1943
||Adriatic Sea near Udine UD, Italy
||9 June 1944
Shot down two Bf-109's
||near Landshut, Germany
||19 December 1944
Funderburg was last seen Dec. 19 during an escort mission to Landshut and Mahldorf, Germany, flying a P-51 Mustang nicknamed Stinky III."About five minutes from the target bubbles, blue flight was caught in the middle of a concentration of flak," 1st Lt. Stanley L. Harris wrote in a military report. "In the following evasive action, I became separated from 1st Lt. Frederick D. Funderburg Jr. and 2nd Lt. Andrew D. Marshall, who were the other two men in this flight with me. I joined up with the nearest group of planes and I did not see them again. I heard radio transmission from both of them later, however, and they were trying to join up with another squadron. They were not heard or seen after this."
No Known Grave
Tablets of The Missing
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial
Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale