George S Abood of Bridgeville ,Pennsylvania. He flew on the "Yankee Rebel" B24 Liberator. Last mission was on 7/25/1944 and he was shot down over St. Lo. Was declared MIA and then was a POW and sent to Stalag IV. George survived being in a prison camp and the Black Death March.
Shot down by flak and crashed near Marigny in B-24 #42-95026 on 25 July 1944. Abood escaped the aircraft via the tail hatch.
Abood was captured on landing and imprisoned in Stalag lft 4, according to his Granddaughter he was put up to a firing squad "3 times" and one of those times was when he tried to escape. He and his other comrades escaped to a barn in Germany and were caught by German soldiers. Abood was reunited in the prison camp with his cousin George Shady, and Abood bribed a German solider so he could see his cousin.
Both George Abood and George Shady were on the Black Death March across Germany. When George Shady became ill during the march, a German solider told Abood that he had to carry his cousin or both would be shot. Abood carried his cousin 300 miles until they were liberated at the end of the march. Abood was imprisoned for a year and lost 40lbs in the process.
After the war Abood returned to the US and lived a quiet life, but his granddaughter reports he suffered from PTSD and other injuries as a result of his service.
Units served with
The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...
567th Bombardment Squadron, 24 December 1942 - 13 September 1945
||Bridgeville, PA, USA
||3 December 1916
|Prisoner of War
||Stalag Luft 4
||1944 – 1945
||25 July 1944