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Robert Briggs Abernathy


Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. It flew all three of the USAAF's principal fighters. On D-Day every available Thunderbolt provided air cover to the Allied...

  • 82nd Fighter Squadron


  • 44-11653

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 78FS, 82FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Robert B Abernathy.

Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Born Burke County, NC, USA 30 December 1923
Enlisted Miami Beach, FL, USA 1 February 1943
Assigned Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22, UK 8 November 1944 – April 1945

Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22, UK 24 March 1945

Promoted 1st Lieutenant.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK April 1945

End Tour of Duty (ETD).

Buried Glen Alpine, NC, USA May 2002

Glen Alpine Cemetery
Glen Alpine
Burke County
North Carolina, USA

Died Glen Alpine, NC, USA 15 May 2002


Date Contributor Update
21 June 2016 13:07:22 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename and events

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2016 11:29:17 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:59 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / EAGLES OF DUXFORD, The 78th Fighter Group in WW2 by Fry, p132 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list