"Lt. Kruse and crew of the 358th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group, beside a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. England, 20 July 1943."
Rear L-R: 2Lt Calder L Wise, 1Lt John W Hendry, 1Lt Richard L Kruse, 1Lt Bernard T McNamara, 2Lt Richard E. Webster.
Front L-R: S/Sgt John C Arasin, S/Sgt John J Doherty, T/Sgt James J Brown, S/Sgt Olwin L Humphries, S/Sgt Howard L. Abney, T/Sgt Loran C Biddle.
S/SGT HOWARD L. ABNEY with his pinup collection
[Photo courtesy of the James E. Wylde Family]
11 missions from July to August 1943. Severely wounded and unable to return to active duty as gunner. 1. 10 July 1943-Poix, France2. 14 July, 1943-Villacoublay, France3. 24 July 1943-Heroya, Norway4. 25 July 1943-Hamburg, Germany5. 26 July 1943-Hamburg, Germany6. 30 July 1943-Kassel, Germany (1 Me 109)7. 12 August 1943-Gelsenkirchen, Germany (1 FW 190)8. 15 August 1943-Abbeville, France9. 16 August 1943-Paris, France10. 17 August 1943-Schweinfurt, Germany (1 Me 110)11. 19 August 1943-Gilse-Rijen, Netherlands-WIA (1 FW 190)
DFC/ AM 3 w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH/ GC/ ETO w/ battle star/ DUC
Units served with
The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Assigned 326BS/92BG Bangor 16/7/42; 95BG Horham /43; 359BS/303BG [BN-V] Molesworth, 17/6/43; Returned to the USA Sheppard 5/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 26/10/45. BLACK DIAMOND EXPRESS.
Military site : airfield
Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...
||23 May 1921
Son of John Wesley and Myrtle Lucille [Roberts] Abney.
||July 1943 – 19 August 1943
Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.
||East Gadsden, AL
||20 August 2002
||Crestwood Memorial Cemetery, AL
Crestwood Memorial Cemetery
Etowah County, AL