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Felix Roberson Abel


'I was a Airplane Mechanic on the B-17 "Hells Angels Out of Chute 13" with the 401st Bomb Group + 612th Squadron. We were really proud of it because I finished 118 missions without an abort. It was shot up on the last mission of the war in Europe, but made it back to our base where it was junked. The next day we were assigned another plane to ferry to the States...'


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


  • 42-39993 'Hells Angels Out Of Chute 13', 'Grossly Inadequate'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-C] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; 118m landing accident at base with Jim Nolan 7/5/45; sal 2 SAD Watton, Nfk 8/5/45. HELL’S ANGELS OUT OF CHUTE 13 aka GROSSLY INADEQUATE. ...

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 Dayton, TN 30 June 1919

Son of the late James Moss and Gladys [Lowry] Abel.

Enlisted Fort Oglethorpe, GA 28 October 1942

Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia

Based Deenethorpe 1943 – June 1945

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

Died Dayton, TN 7 September 2015
Buried Abel Cemetery Dayton, Rhea County, TN 10 September 2015

Abel Cemetery
Rhea County, TN


Date Contributor Update
23 February 2020 21:10:13 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 11:30:28 Emily Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations and aircraft associations

Self, via American Air Museum Memory Book Correspondence.