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Robert Briggs Abernathy

Military

Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: DFC, AM (7OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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. ...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 82nd Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-11653

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Robert B Abernathy.

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Burke County, NC, USA 30 December 1923

Son of Adolphus Alexander and Nettie Mae [Simpson] Abernathy.

Enlisted Miami Beach, FL, USA 1 February 1943
Assigned Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22, UK 8 November 1944 – April 1945

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

Promotion Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22, UK 24 March 1945

Promoted 1st Lieutenant.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK April 1945

End Tour of Duty (ETD).

Died Glen Alpine, NC, USA 15 May 2002
Buried Glen Alpine Cemetery, Glen Alpine, Burke County, NC 21 May 2002

Glen Alpine Cemetery
Glen Alpine
Burke County
North Carolina, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2020 05:22:25 Al_Skiff Changes to events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/147579663
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7595487/robert-briggs-abernathy

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2020 05:18:09 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/147579663
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7595487/robert-briggs-abernathy

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2020 15:23:04 gmcfalls@bellsouth.net Changes to awards
Sources

Flew F 105D Vietnam 1966-67.
Retired Lt. Col USAF

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2016 13:07:22 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84062632_robert_b%20abernathy/details/
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=abernathy&Submit=...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=abernathy&GSfn=rob...

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2016 11:29:17 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84062632_robert_b%20abernathy/details/
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=abernathy&Submit=...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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, p132 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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