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Marvin Clarence H Abraham


Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 20 x combat mission. McCord crew. Munich mission 16-Jul-44, A/C hit by flak causing a failure of the oxygen system to the nose compartment, died of anoxia along with bombardier Irwin Dobrow. Killed in Action (KIA)

"Had the pleasure of personally delivering his bomb to Germany. He is a navigator but when the "Oshkosh Bomb" was dropped he operated the toggle."

Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.



  • Richard McCord

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat mission. Flew B-17 'Ice Cold Katy'. Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107039 Ice Cold Katy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 3/2/44; Grenier 27/2/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-M] Deenethorpe 23/3/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28/11/45...


  • 367

    24 May 1944

  • 370

    25 May 1944
    First mission. Up at 5:00 AM and back at 11:00. Good hit on marshaling yards. Our plane was hit but no-one in our crew was hit.

  • 373

    27 May 1944

  • 376

    28 May 1944

  • 379

    29 May 1944
    Mission #2. The target was an aircraft assembly plant. Flak was exceedingly heavy. We were in the air 7-1/2 hours.

  • 380

    30 May 1944
    Mission #3. Same target as before. A piece of flak broke the pilots windshield. No-one hurt.

  • 384

    2 June 1944
    Operations on this day were specified for D minus 3 by the Overall Air Plan as modified by Headquarters A.E.A.F. All objectives were located in the Pas de Calais (Fortitude) area, the attacks having as their purpose deception of the enemy as to the...

  • 391

    4 June 1944

  • 395

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 397

    7 June 1944

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Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...


Event Location Date
Born Oshkosh, WI, USA 20 September 1919

Son of Bernhard Otto and Selma Francis [Miller] Abraham

Enlisted Milwaukee, WI 15 July 1941

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Based Deenethorpe 1944 – 16 July 1944

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 16 July 1944
Buried 17 July 1944

Cambridge American Cemetery

Buried Peace Lutheran Cemetery Oshkosh, Winnebago County, WI 1948

Peace Lutheran Cemetery
Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin


Date Contributor Update
20 November 2021 00:57:00 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations

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03 November 2021 21:40:36 Al_Skiff Changes to events and media associations

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03 November 2021 21:38:36 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and media associations

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27 September 2014 18:19:45 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /