John E Abdallah

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media-20374.jpeg UPL 20374 USAAF Captain John E. Abdallah AO 733505

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Object Number - UPL 20374 - USAAF Captain John E. Abdallah AO 733505

John Abdallah served as a Bombardier with the 97th Bomb Group. He was shot down on 16 July 1943 while on a mission to San Giovanni, Italy. The plane ditched in the sea 35 miles east of Catania, Sicily. The crew were fortunately rescued after about 30 minutes by a passing British destroyer.



Known General Orders and Dates

DFC GO # 336 /15th AF/1944

PH GO #42/ 97th Bombardment Group – AFP 520/1943

ADM GO #50/Hq 12th AF Bombardment Group/1943

Soldier’s Medal GO # 157/Hq 15th AF/ 1944

DUC – 001325/Hq 15th AF/ 1944

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Units served with

Ground personnel of the 97th Bomb Group reservice a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9023) nicknamed "Yankee Doodle", following the raid on Rouen. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 18 Aug 1942.' [stamp], 'Air=SER (Boeing).' [written annotation] and '216112.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'U.S FLYING FORTRESSES RAID ROUEN IN DAYLIGHT. Associated Press Photo Shows: No sooner had one of the huge Fortresses landed after the raid than ground crew im
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

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  • Media Type: Document
  • Object Number: Document 20373
  • Description: Soldier's Medal Awarded on April 1st, 1944 for action on July 16th, 1943.
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  • Object Number: Document 20376
  • Description: Capt. John E. Abdallah AO 733505 PH GO# 40 97th BG, 340th BSQ.
  • Media Type: Document
  • Object Number: Document 20378
  • Description: USAAF Capt. John E. Abdallah AO 733505 97th BG, 340th Bombardment Squadron

Events

Event Location Date Description

Enlisted

Boston, MA, USA 1 July 1941

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Shot down

Catania CT, Italy 16 July 1943

Born

Massachusetts, USA

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DFC GO # 336 97th BG, 340th Bombardment Squadron

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Capt. John E. Abdallah AO 733505

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Correspondence with John Abdallah's nephew, John.

NARA Enlistment record: https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=4&tf=F&q=abd…

For photos see: http://www.15thaf.org/5th_BW/97th_BG/97th_BG.html

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