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John E Abdallah


John Abdallah served as a Bombardier with the 97th Bomb Group. He was shot down on 16 July 1943 while on a mission to San Giovanni, Italy. The plane ditched in the sea 35 miles east of Catania, Sicily. The crew were fortunately rescued after about 30 minutes by a passing British destroyer.

Known General Orders and Dates
DFC GO # 336 /15th AF/1944
PH GO #42/ 97th Bombardment Group – AFP 520/1943
ADM GO #50/Hq 12th AF Bombardment Group/1943
Soldier’s Medal GO # 157/Hq 15th AF/ 1944
DUC – 001325/Hq 15th AF/ 1944



  • Clarence Thacker

    Military | Major | Pilot 97th Bomb Group/ 414th Squadron/ Transferred as Commander of 384th BG/ 547th Unit /41st Bomb Wing Heavy Group B and Group C1945 | 384th Bomb Group
    Raised in Kissimmee Florida, Parents Omer S. Thacker and Jesse Wilder, Both Attorneys in Kissimmee Fl. ...

Units served with

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 340th Bomb Squadron


Event Location Date
Born Massachusetts, USA 1916
Enlisted Boston, MA, USA 1 July 1941
Shot down Catania CT, Italy 16 July 1943


Date Contributor Update
05 February 2016 18:30:50 JB1 Changes to events

DFC GO # 336 97th BG, 340th Bombardment Squadron

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2016 17:54:49 JB1 Changes to media associations

Capt. John E. Abdallah AO 733505

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2016 10:56:37 Lucy May Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events and unit associations

Correspondence with John Abdallah's nephew, John.

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