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Francis J Abdella

Military

Assigned to 551BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x missions. On 10 Nov '44 while circling over base to form up for a mission, the plane 'War Horse' developed an oil leak. The engine caught fire and then the plane caught fire. All the crew bailed out but the plane tipped over into a spiral before the pilot could get out. The pilot was the only member killed.

Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Photo: - https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/find-a-grave-prod/photos/2015/275/153...

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People

  • Arthur Naylor

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    On 10 Nov '44 while circling over base to form up for a mission, the plane 'War Horse' developed an oil leak. The engine caught fire and then the plane caught fire. All the crew bailed out but the plane tipped over into a spiral before the pilot could...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 551st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31764 'War Horse'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Gt Falls 17/12/43; Denver 19/12/43; Kearney 31/12/43; Presque Is 24/1/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-R] Gt Ashfield 22/4/44; 551BS; on return from mission 10/11/44 with Art Naylor (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Carl Cunningham...

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chauncey, OH, USA 10 February 1925

Son of Elias T and Mary Ann [Adacia] Abdella.

Enlisted Clarksburg, WV, USA 1 June 1943
Based Great Ashfield 1944

Assigned to 551BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Chauncey, OH, USA 3 October 2015
Buried Ohio, USA November 2015

No Burial
Body donated to Medical Science.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2017 17:25:30 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/89187318_francis_j%20abdella/details/
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=153206981

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR

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