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Milton B Abernathy

Military

Shot down by flak on a mission to Dyon, FR on 6 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-97498 'Padded Cell'. Crew baled out and a/c crashed near Bricey. Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97498

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/12/43; Kearney 12/12/43; Presque Is 22/12/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK- ] Molesworth 14/1/44; Missing in Action Caen 6/2/44 with Julius Bass, Navigator: Milton Abernathy, Bombardier: Matt Zientor, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Gainesville, Texas 8 September 1922

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 August 2016 15:07:08 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and aircraft associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 2348 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2384, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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