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Arthur G Abate


Killed in Action (KIA). Member of Kline crew in B-24H Carpetbagger, #42-50386, which was shot down by ME 110 south of Paris at 0200hrs. T/O from Harrington, site of crash Les Trois Mares, Oise. MACR 6991.



  • Charles Kline

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 801st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-24H AC #42-50386. Shot down and crashed NE of Paris. MACR 6991. B-24H Carpetbagger, 42-50386, shot down by ME 110 south of Paris at 0200hrs. T/O from Harrington, site of crash Les Trois Mares, Oise. Final interrment in Epinal...

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Units served with

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

  • 492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

    492nd Bomb Group Carpetbaggers

    The 492nd Bomb Group, after flying similar missions to other heavy bomb groups until the late summer of 1944, took up 'Carpetbagger' missions, transporting agents, supplies and propaganda leaflets to southern France. The Group was taking on the role of...

  • 850th Bomb Squadron


Associated Place

  • Harrington

    Military site : airfield
    Harrington was built by the 826th and 852nd Engineer Battalions of the US Army in 1943. Completed in 1944, it was the furthest Eighth Air Force combat airfield from the east coast.The Eighth's Special Operations Group was based at the airfield, first...


Event Location Date
Born Boston, Massachusetts 1924
Lived in East Boston, Boston, MA, USA 1943

19 Seaview Avenue

Enlisted Boston, MA, USA 6 April 1943
Died Lagny-le-Sec, France 4 July 1944

The B-24 number 41-29599 named BOOTS took off at 2331 on 4 July 1944 from Harrington, UK to deliver supplies to the French resistance (Operation Peter). The plane was shot down by flak over Lagney le Sec, France, at 2am on the morning of 5 July. The entire crew of ten was killed. MACR 6991. S/Sgt Abate was a machine gunner.

He was serving as the tail gunner on a B-24H which took off from Harrington at 2331hrs, 4 July 1944 on "Operation Peter" His aircraft was shot down by an ME110 night fighter approximately 35 miles south of Paris. It exploded and crashed 0200hrs at a spot known locally as Les Trois Mares, Lagny-Le-Sec(Oise), France. All eight crew members were KIA. Seven are buried in Epinal. His body was found in a corn field about 200 yards south of the crash site badly mutilated and buried with the right wing gunner in one coffin by the Germans in the French Cemetery at Creil.

Buried 1945

Plot B Row 42 Grave 14
Epinal American Cemetery
Epinal, France


Date Contributor Update
15 August 2021 17:45:12 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

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31 March 2020 14:06:20 Andycole0 Changes to awards

American Battle Monument's Commission,

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16 August 2016 16:23:25 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography and unit associations

Corrected service number from 31308747 to 31308746 as per NARA enlistment record:

Brought in information from duplicate record. Sources:
490th Bomb Group Unit Personnel / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
30 August 2015 23:57:59 466thHistorian Changes to events

801st BG website

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30 August 2015 23:55:24 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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27 September 2014 18:04:05 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology, USAAF SN Website, / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia