John Abdallah served as a Bombardier with the 97th Bomb Group. He was shot down on 16 July 1943 while on a mission to San Giovanni, Italy. The plane ditched in the sea 35 miles east of Catania, Sicily. The crew were fortunately rescued after about 30 minutes by a passing British destroyer.
Known General Orders and Dates
DFC GO # 336 /15th AF/1944
PH GO #42/ 97th Bombardment Group – AFP 520/1943
ADM GO #50/Hq 12th AF Bombardment Group/1943
Soldier’s Medal GO # 157/Hq 15th AF/ 1944
DUC – 001325/Hq 15th AF/ 1944
Units served with
The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...
||Boston, MA, USA
||1 July 1941
||Catania CT, Italy
||16 July 1943