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Wilton L Abbott


Flying a mission from Panatella AAB in Italy, Sergeant Wilton L Abbott's B-24 Liberator took 3 direct hits from anti aircraft fire on a raid over Blechammer, Germany at 11:20am on the 13th October 1944. Abbott was last seen manning one of the waist guns but was not witnessed bailing out of the Liberator. His crew mates who survived, believe that he was killed when the B-24 was hit but subsequent records show that he was certified dead in a hospital.


Units served with

  • 464th Bomb Group

    464th Bomb Group

    A Consolidated History of the 464th Bomb Group ...

  • 778th Bomb Squadron

    778th Bomb Squadron

    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber squadron in mid-1943, trained under Second Air Force. Deployed to Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO), October 1943, becoming a Fifteenth Air Force heavy bomb squadron, attacking enemy targets both in...


Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born South Carolina 22 March 1917
Enlisted Charlotte, North Carolina 15 January 1942
Died 13 October 1944

Died in hospital, listed as battle casualty!


Plot B, Row 31, Grave 55


Date Contributor Update
21 May 2020 19:16:15 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C model # (2 places) in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

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06 April 2020 15:28:57 Andycole0 Changes to biography

Fold3 Missing Air Crew reports 44-41043

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06 April 2020 15:03:08 Andycole0 Changes to role and place associations

Fold3 Missing aircraft report 44-41043

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02 April 2020 14:35:55 Andycole0 Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, events and unit associations

American Battle Monument's Commission,
National Archive and Records Administration.
Find a Grave. com
US WW2 Hospital Admission card files 1942 -1954