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Henry W Abelmann Jr


Shot down by flak and crashed near Abbeville, FR after crew bailed out on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville on 13 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31157, Prisoner of War (POW).




  • Norman Massett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 447th Bomb Group
    On his 6th mission and serving as Co-Pilot, Norman Massett was on board B-17G #42-31157 when it was shot down by Flak on 13 February 1944 and crashed near Abbeville,France after crew baled out on a mission to Ardouval and Marquenville. Prisoner of War ...

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  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 709th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31157

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 25/9/43; Gr Island 14/10/43; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 23/11/43; Missing in Action Pas de Calais 13/2/44 with Don McDonald, Co-pilot: Norman Masett, Navigator: Orlando Hamlin, Bombardier: Tom Ellison, Flight engineer/top turret...


Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 13 February 1944

Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16


Date Contributor Update
23 May 2020 18:03:41 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations

Added a connection to A/C #42-31157 listed in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2020 18:00:52 jmoore43 Changes to service number and events

Added a POW event and a S/N per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2020 17:56:46 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:46 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2533, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces