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Alan Kent Abner


Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Fifty missions under his belt, including one where he was shot down into the English Channel and rescued.

Awards: DFC, AM (4 OLC), French Croix de Guerre.

Post War: Called back to active duty during the Korean War and served as chief of the Psychological Warfare Branch in Washington, D.C., until 1953 when he was released with the rank of Major. Authored several books, including "Dead Reckoning," an account of his experience as a WW II fighter pilot, and "Psywarriors," which detailed his work in psychological warfare during the Korean War.

- 1953, served as general manager of KFJI radio station in Klamath Falls.
- 1959, worked for KOLO Reno as an anchor and talk show host.
- 1966, worked on the gubernatorial campaign of Paul Laxalt and served as chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board before leaving the post to take over as co-owner and general managers of KSHO Channel 13 in Las Vegas.
- 1968, directed Richard Nixon's presidential campaign in Oregon and helped Nixon carry the state.
- 1972, served as executive director of Televention, a division of Columbia Pictures in New York City. He managed and anchored national coverage of the Democratic and Republican conventions. He then worked as a public relations consultant until his retirement.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 363rd Fighter Squadron


  • 44-14519 'Dasiy Mae'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Alan K Abner.

Associated Place

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...


Event Location Date
Born Clackamas County, OR, USA 25 February 1921

Son of Warren and Sylvia Abner.

Lived in Reno, NV, USA 1940
Assigned Leiston, Leiston, Suffolk IP16, UK 19 December 1944 – July 1945

Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Leiston, Leiston, Suffolk IP16, UK 8 March 1945

Promoted 1st Lieutenant.

Buried Klamath Falls, OR, USA December 2004

Klamath Memorial Park
Klamath Falls
Klamath County
Oregon, USA

Died Washoe County, NV, USA 11 December 2004

Washoe County
Nevada, USA.



Date Contributor Update
21 June 2016 18:25:09 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2016 17:45:29 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, firstname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

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