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SSgt Murray E Abbott

SSgt Murray E Abbott

Birth
Kinder, Allen Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 19 Dec 1945 (aged 30–31)
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 55922505 · View Source
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Son of Frank and Zena Abbott; He completed one year of high school

He was married to Percy M Abbott (m. 1938) and lived in Lake Charles, Louisiana during the period of 1941-1942, working as a sheet metal worker prior to enlisting.

He enlisted into the US Army Air Corp on 11 Sep 1942 in Lafayette, Calcasieu, Louisiana and was later assigned as a member of the 425th Bomber Squadron, 308th Bomber Group, which was activated in early 1942 in Idaho as a long-range B-24 Liberator bombardment squadron.

The 308th Bomb Group and the 425th BS officially transferred to Fourteenth Air Force in China early in 1943. The air echelon began flying its 'brand new' B-24D Liberators from Morrison Field, Florida on 15 February 1943. Traveling by way of the South Atlantic Transport Route through Central and South America, the Azores, Central Africa, Arabia and finally India; while the ground echelon traveled by ship across the Pacific Ocean.

The 425th supported Chinese ground forces against the Japanese. They attacked airfields, coal yards, docks, oil refineries and fuel dumps in French Indochina operated by the Japanese military; mined rivers and ports; bombed maintenance shops and docks at Rangoon, Burma; they also attacked Japanese shipping in the East China Sea, Formosa Straits, South China Sea and Gulf of Tonkin.

According to casualty reports from the 308th, SSG Abbott, along with fellow crew members were flying a mission (MACR 10626; 40826) in their B-24 Liberator on 18 December, 1944, conducting a sweep of the South China Sea and the Straights of Formosa and failed to return. All crew members were declared missing-killed in action. Additional records indicate that SSG Abbott was classified as Missing in Action on 19 December, 1945, the following year.

The squadron moved to Rupsi Air Field, India in June 1945, ferrying gasoline and supplies from there back into China. By the end of 1945, the unit sailed for the United States, where it was inactivated on 6 January 1946.

His name appears on the Tablets of the Missing in the Manila American Cemetery. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Air Medal and other medals for his service.

Bio by: Rick Ervin

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Louisiana.

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 5 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 55922505
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Murray E Abbott (1914–19 Dec 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55922505, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .