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Robert Wilson Abernathy

Military

Assigned to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Five confirmed victories. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: DFC, AM (12 OLC).

Service

Units served with

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 350th Fighter Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pulaski, Tennessee 31 March 1923
Enlisted Forest Camp Rd, Spring City, TN 37381, USA 12 December 1942

Enlisted Camp Forest Tennessee.

Assigned Raydon, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7, UK 20 August 1944 – 23 April 1945

Assigned to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Raydon, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7, UK 13 September 1944

Taxiing Accident Raydon/Sta 157 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Robert W Abernathy, 13-Sep-44.

P-51D5 44-13842 - 350FS 353FG 8AF.

Promotion Raydon, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7, UK 5 December 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Promotion Raydon, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7, UK 15 March 1945

Promoted to Captain.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 23 April 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Buried Mason City, IA 50401, USA December 2008

Memorial Park Cemetery
Mason City
Cerro Gordo County
Iowa, USA.

Died Mason City, IA 50401, USA 14 December 2008

Mason City
Cerro Gordo County
Iowa, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2016 13:40:41 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography and awards
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Abernathy&Submit=...
https://www.fold3.com/page/84075083_robert_w%20abernathy/details/
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Abernathy%2C+Robe...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=abernathy&GSfn=Rob...
https://airforce.togetherweserved.com/usaf/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd...

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2016 13:27:26 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Abernathy&Submit=...
https://www.fold3.com/page/84075083_robert_w%20abernathy/details/
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Abernathy%2C+Robe...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=abernathy&GSfn=Rob...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Jonah's Feet Are Dry Pg 634 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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