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/Marginey, France. George was declared MIA and then was a POW. He sent to Stalag VI and Stalag Luft IV. George survived being in a prison camps and the Black Death March across Germany.
George Abood was shot down by flak and crashed near Marigny in the B-24 #42-95026, "Yankee Rebel" on 25 July 1944. Abood escaped the aircraft via the tail hatch. After landing he was in contact with 1 of his crew members. Per George's report, (after he landed), a bomb dropped "50 feet" in front of him and blew him into a ditch. After George started to regain consciousness, he looked up and "12 German soldiers had guns pointed at me."
Abood was captured in the area of Marginey/St Lo, France during "Operation Cobra" by German soldiers. George was sent to Stalag Luft VI and met up with his cousin George J Shady also in the same POW camp. George Abood was then sent to Stalag Luft IV along with his cousin. During his POW experience, George Abood was sent to a firing squad 2 times. Then George attempted to escape the POW camp with his comrades, was caught by German soldiers, lined up in a barn, and for a 3rd time was lined up to a firing squad. George managed to survive the firing squads. During George Abood's time as a POW, he bribed a German guard to see his cousin, George Shady.
Both George Abood and George Shady were on the Black Death March across Germany. Their march started on 2/6/1945. When George Shady became ill during the march, a German solider told George 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 on 4/26/1945. George Abood was a POW from 7/25/1944 until he was liberated on 4/26/1945 by allied forces. George lost 40lbs in the process.
After the war Abood returned to the US, he went back to work at Universal Cyclops in Pittsburgh Pa, was active in his house of worship, and was a dutiful husband, father, and grandfather. George did suffer physical ailments from his time as a POW as well as PTSD. Regardless of George Abood's POW experience, he always had a smile on his face, a golf club in his hand, and was a committed to being a good servant to the Bridgeville community.
"Well done good and faithful servant." We love and miss you Papap.
Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Mechanic Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
George J Shady, 389th BombGroup 565th Bomb Squadron, was a Radio Operator/Mechanic Gunner on the B-24J Liberator 42-100352 "Swamp Angel." George flew 10 missions until his crew was shot down by fighters after bombs away, exploded and crashed SW of the...
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
||25 July 1944
|Prisoner of War
||Stalag Luft 4
||25 July 1944 – 26 April 1945
||St George Antiochian Orthodox Cemetery
||24 September 2010