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Howard L Abney


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

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    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...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24416 'Black Diamond Express'

    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.

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    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...


Event Location Date
Born Cedartown, Georgia 23 May 1921

Son of John Wesley and Myrtle Lucille [Roberts] Abney.

Based Molesworth July 1943 – 19 August 1943

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died East Gadsden, AL 20 August 2002
Buried Crestwood Memorial Cemetery, AL September 2002

Crestwood Memorial Cemetery
East Gadsden,
Etowah County, AL


Date Contributor Update
21 December 2018 17:20:20 Al_Skiff Changes to events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:17 AAM AAM ingest

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