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James John Gabler

Military

Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Pilot of Aphrodite 'Mother' ship B-24J 43-37793 on mission to Wizernes V1 missile site. 4-Aug-44. ETD

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Robert Cassidy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (6 x battle stars).

  • Harry Hill

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Harry enlisted 01/21/1941 age 19. He attended Airplane Mechanics School ACTS Chanute Field, IL 11/11/1941. Promoted to Sergeant 02/01/1942. Completed bombardier school Roswell, NM & promoted to Flight Officer 05/28/1943. Promoted to Second Lt. 03/07...

  • Russell Kaufmann

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Keinath

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • David McGee

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Middleton

    Military | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Charles Potenga

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107062 Worry Bird/Miss Bea Haven

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 9/2/44; Rapid City 2/3/44; Dow Fd 3/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 25/4/44; no ops, transferred 562BS/388BG Knettishall 29/4/44 WORRY BIRD; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 29/11/45;...

  • 43-37793

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/5/44; Hunter 1/6/44; Grenier 17/6/44; Assigned APH/388BG as Azon controlling mothership, Knettishall 6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 10/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold...

Missions

  • 515

    4 August 1944

Associated Place

  • Fersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Millvale, Pennsylvania 2 January 1917
Based Knettishall 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF.

Aphrodite mission Wizernes, France 4 August 1944

Pilot of Aphrodite 'Mother' ship B-24J 43-37793 on mission to Wizernes V1 missile site. 4-8-44.

Died 11 January 1966
Buried Saint Mary Cemetery Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA 14 January 1966

Saint Mary Cemetery
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2021 11:03:29 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/38257610
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/110753753/james-j.-gabler
Removed # from A/C serial No.to aid clarity and consistency

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2020 21:08:11 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2015 14:32:11 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 By Graham Simons.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.388bg.info/Personnel.html

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