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Cecil R Tabor


Shot down 30 December 1942 in B-17F #42-24449 'Short Snorter' while serving as Co-Pilot. Killed in Action (KIA).


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24449 Short Snorter

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24449 'Short Snorter' was assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-B] Bangor 31-Aug-42; Bassingbourn 1-Oct-42. On 20-Dec-43 the aircraft was damaged on the mission to Romilly, France with Capt William Harris, but limped back to base OK. 10RTD ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 27

    30 December 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the target for this mission. A combined force of 77 B-17s are despatched by 91BG (19); 303BG (16); 305BG (13) and 306BG (18). Only 40 are effective on the target. All but 1 B-17 from the 18 despatched by 306BG is...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born May, OK 73851, USA 24 July 1917
Killed in Action (KIA) Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Killed when aircraft was attacked by German fighters and exploded. Debris fell into the sea near Lorient, France. His remains were never recovered.

Commemorated Saint-James, France 1945

Commemorated on Wall of the Missing, Brittany American Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
29 March 2020 22:19:51 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2018 21:27:33 firststrike Changes to events

family records

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2017 23:19:35 firststrike Changes to media associations

Cecil Tabor was my Uncle and the photos and information I have on him was provided by family.

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2014 20:42:41 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 7-Dec-2014 Added SN, crew position and KIA event per MACR 3265; added decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:19 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3265 / MACR 3265, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs by Bishop and Heys Vol. 1 p 56 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database