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Donald Lawrence Abele


He registered for the WW II draft on 29 June 1942, and he was listed as a student at Roosevelt High School, Chicago. He was 5' 10" tall; weighed 136 pounds; had brown hair, blue eyes and a 'light' complexion; he was also listed as having a birth mark on his left cheek.
His service number, as listed on the orders we have is not in the NARA WWII data base; we also searched by name with equally poor results, so we do not know where or when he entered the service.
We have him listed on the 437th TCG Special Orders #195, dated 27 December 1943. These were the orders generated at Pope Field (Fort Bragg, NC) for the first phase of movement by air and by rail of the 437th personnel to their eventual overseas deployment.


Units served with

  • 437th Troop Carrier Group

    437th Troop Carrier Group

    Constituted as the 437th Troop Carrier Group on 15 April 1943, it was activated on 01 May 1943 in Dunnellon, FL. They trained with C-46 and C-47 aircraft for duty overseas with the Ninth Air Force. They moved to England during January and February of...

  • 83rd Troop Carrier Squadron

Associated Place

  • Ramsbury

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF operational training station, Ramsbury was allocated while under construction to the Eighth Air Force as a transport base. Built during 1942, it had eventually three concrete runways, 28 pan and 24 loop hardstandings, and two T2...


Event Location Date
Born 27 June 1924
Died 4 April 2005


Date Contributor Update
23 November 2019 21:41:06 jaxticotribute Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

Draft Registration
437th TCG Special Orders #195