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John H Abel


Shot down by fighters, B-17G #42-31231exploded in mid-air and crashed near Wambeln, GR on a mision to Munster and Hamm, GR on 23 Mar 194. Killed in Action (KIA).


Units served with

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    The 92nd Group's 327th Bomb Squadron was the only Eighth Air Force squadron to fly YB-40s in combat. YB-40s were B-17s modified to fly as a heavily armed escort for other bombers. They were flown on missions between May and June 1943. Between May 1943...

  • 326th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31231

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/10/43; Gd Island 19/10/43; Romulus 28/10/43; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW-W] Podington 23/11/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 23/3/44 with Homer Wall, Co-pilot: John Abel, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bill Turner (3 Killed in...


Event Location Date
Born Meridian, Mississippi, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 23 March 1944
Died 23 March 1944
Buried Natchez National Cemetery, Mississippi


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:05 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3413 / MACR 3413, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database