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Wilfred A Van Abel


On 2-Sep-43 while piloting P-47C 41-6537 [UN:Q] 56FG/63FS 1LT Wilfred A. Van Able's flight was attacked by German aircraft near Armentierres, France and he was shot down. He was able to successfully parachute to the grouns and was captured as a Prioner of War (POW) MACR 468.


Units served with

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 63rd Fighter Squadron


  • 41-6537

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47C-5-RE was assigned to the 56FG/63FS at Halesworth, UK. On 2 Sep-43 the aircraft was piloted by 1LT Wilfred A. Van Able and despatched to escort bombers. The flight was attacked by German fighters near Armentierres, France and 1LT Van Able was shot...


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-120 BOMBER ESCORT

    2 September 1943
    A combined force of 182 P-47s from: 4FG; 56FG; 78FG; and 353FG are despatched to escort the B-17 bomber formations that are sent to attck German airfields in NW France. Because the weather hampers boming efforts and most of the formations abort, the...

Associated Place

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...


Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) Moosburg, Germany 2 September 1943 – 13 July 1945

Held at Stalag 7A, Moosburg, Bavaria. Officially Returned to Militray Control (RMC) 13-Jul-45.


Date Contributor Update
29 May 2015 22:53:47 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 29-May-2015. Added POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database. Crafted Summary Biography based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:23 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 468 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database