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Sgt Elmer H Abel
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Birth: unknown
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Sep. 10, 1944


Mission Narrative
Mission No. 120
Date - September 10, 1944
Target - Gaggenau, Col. with 42-97451
Plane s/n 42-97456, name "Mighty Little John," and flown by Lt Homer M. Passmore, collided with another plane of the 457th while on the way to the target at Gaggenau. The second plane, s/n 42-97451, piloted by Lt Harold Gay, sustained minor damage and the plane was able to return to the base at Glatton. "Mighty Little John" was cut in half near the waist by the props of the other plane. The front half fell like a "falling leaf" and exploded on impact with the ground. The Navigator bailed out of the nose hatch at about 5000 ft after much difficulty opening the hatch. The tail gunner floated down in the tail section and bailed out at about 16,000 ft. Both parts spiraled down and the navigator and tail gunner where the only two to escape. The crew was as follows:

Ball Turret Gunner Sgt Elmer H. Abel KIA
Note: Entered the service from Illinois.
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial
Arrondissement de Verviers
Liège, Belgium
Plot: h, Row 11, Grave 20
Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56278916
Sgt Elmer H Abel
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Sgt Elmer H Abel
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- Dee Plamann Harvey
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- Priscilla Gaskins
 Added: Jun. 30, 2012
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- Michael
 Added: Jun. 1, 2011
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