Skip to main content
Edit entry 

Arthur Lloyd Abshier


Killed in Action.

This crew member was the Flight Engineer on 2/Lt. W.R Sewell’s aircrew flying in B24J 42-99990, Call Letter "Bar B" nicknamed "SHORT SNORTER". An article in the December 1999 edition of the 392nd BG News provided this information: "We were the perfect example of the phrase 'If you see the flak, it won't hurt you,' said 2/Lt Wade Sewell, pilot. "We were approaching the French coast on the return flight and thought we were clear of the flak areas that we had been briefed about when a burst went off under us and we lost three engines and 5000 feet of altitude before I could get the a/c under control. We went all the way back across the Channel on the one remaining engine. The navigator, 2/Lt W.J. Richards, gave us a heading for Manston, and when we broke out of the overcast at about 400 feet it was right in front of us. I was able to make a 180 degree turn, but with the one engine I could not line up with the runway, so we came down in a potato field about a fourth of a mile from the field. A hedge row finally stopped us. The first man on the scene was the owner of the potato patch, who demanded to know who would pay for his ruined potatoes. Our only casualty was S/Sgt Abshier." He is interred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Section 79 Site 57. (Note: On the 18 September 1944 Holland DZ supply drop, this entire crew suffered fatalities and other casualties.


Units served with

  • 392nd Bomb Group

    392nd Bomb Group

    The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group allocated B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 series fitted with a nose turret on the production line. The adaptation increased...

  • 579th Bomb Squadron



Event Location Date
Killed in action 2 August 1944


Date Contributor Update
01 February 2021 16:48:52 general ira snapsorter Changes to middlename, firstname, nickname, biography, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
12 September 2020 01:44:22 jmoore43 Changes to nickname

Flagged as a Possible "NAME_ISSUE" in the Nickname field so an Admin can check out this person.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:47 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Sup / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia