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Louis Hyman Abromowitz

Military

Louis Abromowitz was First Navigator on B-17 42-97564 when it was shot down on the 20 July 1944 mission to Merseburg and the plane had to make a forced landing near Chaam, Holland. Like 4 other crew members, Abromowitz managed to evade capture, with the help of many Dutch and Belgian citizens and members of the Belgian evasion network Comète. He was hiding in Brussels when the city was liberated by British troops on 3 September 1944. Debriefed by the IS-9 on 9 September, he flew back to England and was subsequently flown to the United States on the 14th. Honorably discharged on 13 October 1945, Louis had his name changed into Abbott and, together with his wife Bette, he visited some of his Helpers in Belgium in 1974 and 1989. See his page at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fabromolh.html

Service

People

  • George Bonitz

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Lt George Bonitz was 2nd Navigator on the Merseburg mission of 20 July 1944, on board B-17 #42-97564. Hit by Flak, the plane made a forced landing between Chaam and Baarle-Hertog, South of Tilburg, The Netherlands. Evaded (EVD). Helped by Dutch and...

  • Daniel Cargile

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt Daniel Cargile was Left Waist Gunner on B-17 #42-97564, shot down by flak and force-landed between Chaam and Baarle-Hertog, South of Tilburg, Noord-Brabant Province, The Netherlands. Evaded (EVD) Helped by Dutch and Belgian citizens and members...

  • Robert Chavez

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 July 1944 in AC #42-97564. Prisoner of War (POW). Liberated, returned to United States and honorably discharged 26 October 1945.

  • Daniel Deason

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Engineer | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 July 1944 in AC #42-97564. Prisoner of War (POW). Liberated. Honorably discharged 4 September 1945.

  • Oscar Edge

    Military | Captain | Radio Operator | 100th Bomb Group
    Oscar Edge was Radio Operator/Gunner on B-17 #42-97564 when it was shot down 20 July 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). Oscar Edge re-enlisted in the Air Corps in November 1945 and stayed in the USAF until his retirement as a Captain on 1 April 1964.

  • Bernard Farnum

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and force-landed near Chaam, Holland on 20 July 1944 in B-17 #42-97564. Prisoner of War (POW)

  • Magee Fuller

    Military | Major | Command Pilot / Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Major Fuller was Command Pilot on this 20 July 1944 mission to Merseburg, Germany, on board B-17 #42-97564. Shot down by flak and force-landed near Chaam, Holland. Captured and made Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Henry Griffis

    Military | Captain | Navigator, Radar, Radar Navigator | 100th Bomb Group
    Captain Henry Griffis was Radar Navigator on the Merseburg mission of 20 July 1944, on board B-17 #42-97564. Hit by Flak, the plane made a forced landing between Chaam and Baarle-Hertog, South of Tilburg, The Netherlands. Evaded (EVD). See the details...

  • Francis Kincannon

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 100th Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and force-landed near Chaam, Holland in B-17 #42-97564 on 20 July 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). Ended his Air Force career as a Lieutenant Colonel.

  • Robert Nance

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 100th Bomb Group
    Captain Robert Nance was Bombardier on B-17 #42-97564, shot down by Flak on 20 July 1944. The Fortress force-landed between Chaam and Baarle-Hertog, South of Tilburg, The Netherlands. Evaded (EVD). Nance was helped by Dutch and Belgian citizens and...

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Units served with

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 418th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97564 PATHFINDERS ("Belle of Berlin")

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 22/12/43; 1SAG Langley 17/1/44; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-J] Snetterton (H2X) 4/2/44; transferred 418BS/100BG [LD- ] Thorpe Abbotts 2/44; 5 missions. Missing in Action Merseburg 20 July 1944 as PATHFINDER ship, with Pilot Captain Francis...

Missions

  • 484

    20 July 1944
    A rough one. Bombed an oil refinery near Leipzeig. Flak put several holes in the plane; ine in number 3 gas tank. Came back on 3 engines.

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 14 December 1920

Ashbury Park, New Jersey

Lived in 1942

Bradley Beach, New Jersey

Enlisted 17 June 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

evaded capture 20 July 1944 – 9 September 1944

Helped by Dutch and Belgian citizens and members of the Belgian Comet evasion network. Was hidden in Brussels when the city was liberated in September 1944

Buried 2011

Louis Abbott rests at the Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California

Died 1 February 2011

Burbank, California

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2019 14:27:40 ED-BB Changes to media associations
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Associated media

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2019 14:26:41 ED-BB Changes to events and media associations
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Added photo

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2019 15:15:50 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
Sources

MACR 7414
NARA WWII Enlistment records
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 1842
Research for his page at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fabromolh.html

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2019 14:29:52 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 7414
NARA WWII Enlistment records
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 1842
Research for his page at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fabromolh.html

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7414 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Thompson MACR 7414

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