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Ishmael W Abernathy


Trained with 312FS, 338FG. Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • Base Air Depot 2

    Base Air Depot 2

    During 1942 to 1945 Warton Aerodrome was Base Air Depot No. 2, Station 582 of the U.S. 8th Air Force. In the three years it was active it processed over 10,000 aircraft and saw over 45,000 aircraft movements. Every type of American aircraft used in the...

  • 83rd Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

  • Warton

    Military site : airfield
    Built as a satellite airfield for Squires Gate, it was earmarked for US use even before America entered the Second World War. Its location made it ideal for use as a depot station, where incoming US aircraft could be processed and moved on to active...


Event Location Date
Born Missouri, USA 22 July 1921

Son of John Alexander and Rader [Poole] Abernathy.

Lived in Naylor, MO, USA 1940
Enlisted Jefferson Barracks, Lemay Township, MO 63125, USA 10 November 1941
Crashed Dale Mabry Hwy, Florida, USA 31 January 1943

Landing Accident Dale Mabry Field, Florida Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Ishmael W Abernathy, 31-Jan-43.

P-47C 41-6111 - 312FS 338FG.

Assigned Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22, UK 30 April 1943 – November 1943

Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Buried Masonic Cemetery, Neelyville, MO 63954, USA 1990

Naylor Masonic Cemetery Naylor, Ripley County, Missouri.

Died Naylor, MO, USA 26 June 1990


Date Contributor Update
23 August 2016 10:55:43 Lucy May Changes to nickname and role

Brought in information from duplicate record that had his middle initial as a 'B' rather than a 'W':
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / EAGLES OF DUXFORD, The 78th Fighter Group in WW2 by Fry, p133

It is Ishmael W Abernathy in the Duxford Diary produced by the servicemen themselves in 1945.

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2016 11:15:24 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, awards and events

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2016 09:44:18 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:34 AAM AAM ingest

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