SSGT Robert Richard Abbott

SSGT Robert Richard Abbott

Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio, USA
Death 15 Aug 1944 (aged 21)
Nijensleek, Westerveld Municipality, Drenthe, Netherlands
Burial Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio, USA
Plot Block 32, Lot 111, Space 1
Memorial ID 24156627 · View Source
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SSgt Robert R. Abbott was buried 23 Jan 1949.

1930 OH Census Hancock Co Allen
Charles M Abbott M 49 Ohio
Winfred Abbott F 47 Ohio
Kathleen I Abbott F 16 Ohio
Ned D Abbott M 12 Ohio
William R Abbott M 9 Ohio
Robert R Abbott M 6 Ohio

1940 OH Census Hancock Findlay
Charles Abbot M 59 Ohio
Winefred Abbot F 57 Ohio
William Abbot M 19 Ohio
Robert Abbot M 17 Ohio

Staff Sergeant Robert R. Abbott 21 yrs. old, son of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Abbott, 619 Hull Ave. Findlay, Ohio. tail-gunner on a B-24 bomber was killed in action over Germany August 15, 1944.

Name of plane - "Lady Lightning", 42-52597 T9 M on 15 Aug 1944 when it failed to return due to German fighters. The plane crashed between Wapserveen and Nijensleek the Netherlands. They were attacked by 20 ME109G from III/JG53 and II/JG5. MACR 8428.

Crew list:
P: 1LT John Suchiu KIA
CP: 2LT Mervin L. Ransom POW
N: 2LT Willaim B. Gatliin POW
B: 2LT Arthur Palladino POW
TT: T/S Emile G. Piazza POW
RO: T/S Frederick J. Gerritz POW
BT: S/S Lowell D. Stiles POW
LW: S/S Jerome R. Samburg KIA
RW: S/S Robert R. Abbott KIA
TG: S/S Edward A. Dobran POW

An eyewitness report:

Saw a plane that was on fire , was leaving the formation and at a height of about 1000 meters the plane exploded and ripped a wing but before it exploded he saw some crewmember bailed out.

The tail landed on a piece of land between Wapserveen and Nijensleek the rest of the plane came down east of Eesenveen. In the plane the body's of S/S Robert R Abbot and S/S Lowell D Stiles. The pilot 1LT John Suchi bailed out but probably his chute failed. His body was found in a field near the Wapserveensche Aa.

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  • Maintained by: Doug Wright
  • Originally Created by: Deb Hayes-Wolfe
  • Added: 25 Jan 2008
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Robert Richard Abbott (17 May 1923–15 Aug 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 24156627, citing Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Doug Wright (contributor 48474979) .