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William H Abbott

Military

Hit by flak over the target of Chateaudon airfield, FR on 28 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-97200 broke apart, exploded, and crashed S of the target. Prisoner of War (POW).

POW

Service

Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 728th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-37941 Lucky Lady II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 22/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 16/11/43; Missing in Action Warnemunde 9/4/44 with Norman Bodet, Co-pilot: Gordon Anderson, Bombardier: Bob Boerner, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Sebe Taylor,...

  • 42-37956

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/10/43; Walla Walla 9/11/43; Assigned 729th BS / 452nd BG ( N ) RAF Deopham Green 3/1/44; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 20/4/44 with Joe Thomas, Co-pilot: Lt ? Boyer, Navigator: Harry Holley, Ball turret gunner: Arnold Fisher,...

  • 42-39937

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 12/10/43; Walla Walla 11/11/43; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z-G] Deopham Green 3/1/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Harry Homer, Co-pilot: Chas Canterbury, Navigator: Bob Longenecker, Bombardier: Ed Zell{broken back}, Flight...

  • 42-39981 RUGGED BUT RIGHT

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 24/10/43; Walla Walla 11/11/43; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z-P] Deopham Green 19/11/43; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with George HaakensonWounded in Action, Co-pilot: Don Heckman, Navigator: Bill Murphy, Bombardier: Malvin Samuel,...

  • 42-97200 Kickapoo Joy Juice

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/44; Gr Island 20/2/44; Presque 12/3/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green; with Chas Robinson force landed Brighton, Sussex after being badly shot up over Europe, (10 Returned to Duty) 8/2/44; Missing in Action Chateaudun 28/3...

  • 42-97529 Dinah Might II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/12/43; Kearney 31/12/43; Presque Is 31/1/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z-Z] Deopham Green 27/1/44; Missing in Action Warnemunde 9/4/44 with Clyde Boy, Navigator: Harry Mulford, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: George Watersbroke...

Associated Place

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cullman, Alabama, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Austria 28 March 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2016 19:26:28 keatinglyn Changes to place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

452nd BG Association loading list database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3489 / MACR 3489, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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