11 missions from July to August 1943. Severely wounded and unable to return to active duty as gunner. 1. 10 July 1943-Poix, France2. 14 July, 1943-Villacoublay, France3. 24 July 1943-Heroya, Norway4. 25 July 1943-Hamburg, Germany5. 26 July 1943-Hamburg, Germany6. 30 July 1943-Kassel, Germany (1 Me 109)7. 12 August 1943-Gelsenkirchen, Germany (1 FW 190)8. 15 August 1943-Abbeville, France9. 16 August 1943-Paris, France10. 17 August 1943-Schweinfurt, Germany (1 Me 110)11. 19 August 1943-Gilse-Rijen, Netherlands-WIA (1 FW 190)
DFC/ AM 3 w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH/ GC/ ETO w/ battle star/ DUC
The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Assigned 326BS/92BG Bangor 16/7/42; 95BG Horham /43; 359BS/303BG [BN-V] Molesworth, 17/6/43; Returned to the USA Sheppard 5/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 26/10/45. BLACK DIAMOND EXPRESS.
Military site : airfield
Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...
|Born||Cedartown, Georgia||23 May 1921|
Son of John Wesley and Myrtle Lucille [Roberts] Abney.
|Based||Molesworth||July 1943 – 19 August 1943|
Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.
|Died||East Gadsden, AL||20 August 2002|
|Buried||Crestwood Memorial Cemetery, AL||September 2002|
Crestwood Memorial Cemetery
|21 December 2018 17:20:20||Al_Skiff||Changes to events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations|
|27 September 2014 18:13:17||AAM||AAM ingest|
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self