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Earle Abner


Shot down 4 March 1945, B-17 "Tondelayo"

In Memoriam

'Lt Col Earle Abner, former commander of the 406th Bomb Squadron was shot down on 4 March 1945 as he and crew were crossing the English Channel following a night mission in a B-17 named "Tondelayo". He and his co-pilot continued to fly the badly damaged aircraft so that 9 other crew members could parachute to safety. The aircraft then burst into flame and dove into a sandbank in the River Stour. Parts of the aircraft were received many years later. Body parts are buried at Madingley and Arlington National Cemetery.'
Remembered by Major General Walter R Longanecker, Jr, Annapolis, MD.


Units served with

  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

  • 406th Bomb Squadron


Date Contributor Update
24 November 2014 12:34:00 Emily Changes to highest rank, role, biography and memoriam

Walter R Longanecker, Jr, via American Air Museum Memory Book Correspondence.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:02 AAM AAM ingest

8th AF News, September 2000 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia