Biloxi, Mississippi, BILOXI DAILY HERALD, Friday Afternoon, August 4, 1944, Page 5
LT. JOHN H. ABEL KILLED OVER BERLIN
Mrs. Emma L. Abel of Gulfport, former resident of Meridian, has been notified that her son, Lieut. John H. Abel, was killed March 23 when the Flying Fortress on which he served as co-pilot was shot down over Berlin. The War Department had previously listed the officer as missing on that date.
Reared and educated in Meridian, Lieut. Abel was well liked in the city and community. After graduating from Meridian High School he entered the employ of Southern United Ice Company. He entered the Army June 3, 1941, and was assigned to Coast Artillery at Fort MacArthur, Cal. Later he transfered to the Army Air Corps and was selected as an aviation cadet and received his wings and commission last October 1 at Blackaland Army Air Field, Texas. He was then sent to England.
Other than his mother, Lieut. Abel is survived by his father, Herbert Abel, Ferriday, La.; two sisters, Mrs. Betty McIntyre and Mrs. Virginia Hunt, both of Gulfport; a half-brother, Carl, and a half sister, Jeanette Abel, Ferriday, La. His two brothers-in-law are overseas, Private Hunt, stationed in England, while Lieut. McIntyre has been a prisoner of the Germans since March 8.
Biloxi, Mississippi BILOXI DAILY HERALD, Monday afternoon, November 13, 1944, Page 5
PRESENT AIR MEDAL POSTHUMOUSLY TO MOTHER OF FLIER
The Air Medal, awarded posthumously to her son, 2nd Lt. John H. Abel, co-pilot of a B-17 bomber shot down over Germany, was presented to Mrs. Emma L. Abel, 1108 E. 32nd avenue, Gulfport, at a special retreat ceremony held Saturday at Gulfport Army Air Field. Lt. Col. George L. Holcomb, commanding officer, made the presentation which was awarded by order of the adjutant general of the United States.
Mrs. Abel, a former resident of Laurel and Meridian, Miss., was attended by two daughters, Mrs. W. A. Hunt and Mrs. J.E. McIntyre, both civilian empoyees at the field. Following the presentation, the family joined Colonel Holcomb and staff as parading troops passed in review.
Lieutenant Abel, 27, born and reared in Meridian, had made 11 missions over Germany as a co-pilot with the Eighth Air Force before he was shot down over Germany on March 23, 1944. He was awarded the Air Medal "for meritorious achievement while participating in five separate bomber missions over enemy occupied Continental Europe. The courage, coolness and skill displayed by this officer reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States."
Lieutenant McIntyre, husband of Mrs. J.E. McIntyre, formerly a B-17 bombardier, is a prisoner of the Germans while Mrs. Hunt's husband is with the Eighth Air Force in England.
Submitted 2/11/13 by E. Ackerman
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