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Earl Leroy Abbott

Military

Assigned to 89FS, 80FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 322FS, 326FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter sweep to Aachen area. Last seen in pursuit of enemy A/C near Aachen in P-51D 'Flossie III' 44-14710 24-Jan-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 12319.

Service

Units served with

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 328th Fighter Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

Aircraft

  • 42-106884

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Soissons, last seen avoiding return fire from aerodrome he was strafing. Pilot 1st Lt Joseph G Sullivan evaded capture with assistance from the French till liberated. 24-May...

  • 44-14710

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) fighter sweep to Aachen area. Last seen in pursuit of enemy A/C near Aachen in P-51D 'Flossie III' 44-14710 24-Jan-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 12319.

  • 42-8435 'Sandra Lee'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Earl L Abbott. Transferred to 514FS, 406FG 9AF USAAF. Lost on a ferry flight from Burtonwood to Y-29 Asch Belgium. Crashed near Hunsel Netherlands on 20-Feb-45. Pilot 1st Lt Henry M Deja baled...

  • 42-8653 'Flossie'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircaft of Earl L Abbott.

  • 42-8481 'Muriel V'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred War Weary to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 44-13685 'One & Only'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Crash landed out of fuel 13-Jan-45, Cat 4 damage, written off. Pilot Major Earl L Abbott.

  • 42-106844 'Flossie II' 'Lady Connie'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Springboro, PA 16435, USA 8 January 1919

Son of Harry Edward and Edna C [Graff] Abbott.

Lived in Erie, PA, USA 1940
Assigned New York, NY, USA 1942

Assigned to 89FS, 80FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Bradley International Airport Con, Connecticut, USA 24 August 1942

Transferred to 322FS, 326FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promoted Bodney, Thetford, Norfolk IP26, UK 28 May 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Transferred Bodney, Thetford, Norfolk IP26, UK 28 May 1944

Transferred to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK July 1944

End Tour of Duty (ETD) Jul-44.

Promoted Bodney, Thetford, Norfolk IP26, UK July 1944

Promoted to Major.

Died Aachen, Germany 24 January 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) fighter sweep to Aachen area. Last seen in pursuit of enemy A/C near Aachen in P-51D 'Flossie III' 44-14710 24-Jan-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 12319.

Buried May 1945

Tablets of the missing
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
Coton
South Cambridgeshire District
Cambridgeshire, England.

Buried Erie County, PA, USA 1946

Memorialised
Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery
Erie
Erie County
Pennsylvania, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2016 16:56:29 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Abbott
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=44-14710
https://www.fold3.com/image/28677843
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=abbott&GSfn=earl&G...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=abbott&GSfn=earl&G...

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2016 16:44:23 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Abbott
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=44-14710
https://www.fold3.com/image/28677843
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=abbott&GSfn=earl&G...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=abbott&GSfn=earl&G...

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2016 16:43:18 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Abbott
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=44-14710
https://www.fold3.com/image/28677843
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=abbott&GSfn=earl&G...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=abbott&GSfn=earl&G...

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2014 12:07:51 Deemax Changes to events
Sources

ncestry.com. Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Applications, WWII, 1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.
Original data: Pennsylvania (State). World War II Veterans Compensation Applications, circa 1950s. Records of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Record Group 91, Series 19.92 (877 cartons). Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2014 11:43:54 Deemax Changes to highest rank
Sources

Rank noted by American Battle Monuments Commission.

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2014 11:40:17 Deemax Changes to awards
Sources

Awards listed by American Battle Monuments Commission.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12319 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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