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Milton B Abernathy


Shot down by flak on a mission to Dyon, FR on 6 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-97498 'Padded Cell'. Crew baled out and a/c crashed near Bricey. Prisoner of War (POW).


Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97498 'PADDED CELL II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/12/43; Kearney 12/12/43; Presque Is 22/12/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK- ] Molesworth 14/1/44; Missing in Action Caen 6/2/44 with Julius Bass, Navigator: Milton Abernathy, Bombardier: Matt Zientor, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...


  • 8th Air Force 212

    6 February 1944
    German airfields and V-Weapon sites in France are the primary targets of this mission. A combined force total of 642 heavy bombers are depatched from 8th Air Force 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions. The primary targets of 1st Bomb Division were the...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Gainesville, Texas 8 September 1922
Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 6 February 1944

Stalag Luft 1 Barth-Vogelsang Prussia 54-12


Date Contributor Update
01 July 2021 20:55:39 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations

Added an association to the 8th AF Mission #212 on 6 Feb 1944 per info in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
01 July 2021 20:48:35 jmoore43 Changes to events and place associations

Added POW Camp info to the POW event from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added an association to Stalag Luft 1 per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
31 August 2016 15:07:08 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and aircraft associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 2348 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:16 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2384, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces