New York, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 14, 1945|
Second Lieutenant Frank G. Abbote, Army serial number O-2068923, was born at Utica, Oneida County, New York in 1921, and lived at 934 Mary Street, Utica, New York. His family surname was Abbate, but his name was changed to Abbote in military records. His parents were Nicola 'Nicholas' Abbate (18 Dec 1886 – unk), who was born at Laurenzana, Potenza, Italy, and immigrated to America about 1902; and Lucy Abbate (abt 1893 – unk), who was born in Italy and immigrated to America about 1905. Nicholas and Lucy married about 1915 and lived in Utica, New York, by 1917. Frank Abbote had three siblings: Rosemary Abbate (abt 1916 – unk), Rosary Abbate (abt 1918 – unk), and Helen Abbate (abt 1923 – unk). His father was a bricklayer and mason.
He completed two years of college, and worked as a stenographer and typist. He was single, without dependents, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army at Utica, New York, on April 26, 1943. He completed Army Air Forces navigation training, and was assigned to the heavy bomber crew of Lt. Harry T. Nyland. The Nyland crew completed B-17 crew training in the States, and was assigned to the 838th Bomb Squadron of the 487th Bomb Group at Army Air Forces Station 137, near the village of Lavenham, Suffolk, England. The crew arrived at Station 137 on November 30, 1944, and became part of the 8th U.S. Army Air Force in Europe.
Lt Abbote was killed in action on January 14, 1945, after his crew's aircraft, B-17G 43-37933, collided with another B-17 near Magdeburg, Germany. The aircraft lost an engine, dropped from formation, and was then attacked by German fighters. He was hit and killed by fire from an enemy fighter while in the nose preparing to bail out. His body was thrown from the aircraft during the crash landing 2 kilometers east of Redefin, Germany. He was buried initially in the Redefin cemetery. The other eight crew members survived and became prisoners of war.
After the war, his remains were permanently reinterred at Lorraine American Cemetery in Saint-Avold, France, in Plot E, Row 42, Grave 36. There is a photo of his grave posted on the 487th Bomb Group website.
1. 487th Bomb Group Association
2. 1920 US Census; New York, Oneida County; Utica; Ward 8. Abato, Nicola [sic]. Jan 1920 (father of Frank G. Abbote)
3. 1930 US Census; New York; Oneida County; Utica; 934 Mary Street. Abbate, Nickalas [sic]. 10 Apr 1930 (father of Frank G. Abbote)
4. 1940 US Census; New York; Oneida County; Utica; 934 Mary Street. Abbate, Nicholas. 10 Apr 1940 (father of Frank G. Abbote)
5. American Battle Monuments Commission
6. de Jong, Ivo. The History of the 487th Bomb Group (H). Paducah KY: Turner Publishing, Oct 2004
7. Enlistment Record of Frank G. Abbote
8. U.S. Army Air Forces Missing Air Crew Report 11732
9. U.S. War Department. World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel. Washington, D.C., June 1946
10. World War I Draft Registration of Nicola Abbate. 5 Jun 1917 (father of Frank G. Abbote)
Secretary, 487th Bomb Group Association
Find A Grave member ID 47577572
FRANK G. ABBOTE
2 LT 838 BOMB SQ 487 BOMB GP (H)
NEW YORK JAN 14 1945
Note: Entered the service from New York.
Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement de la Moselle
Plot: Plot E, Row 42, Grave 36
Maintained by: Paul Webber
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56652073
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