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1Lt Franklin David Abbott, Jr

1Lt Franklin David Abbott, Jr

Birth
Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA
Death 20 Jun 1944 (aged 26)
Germany
Burial Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Memorial ID 56287263 · View Source
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USAAF WORLD WAR II
Pilot 1st/Lt. Franklin D. Abbott Jr. MIA/KIA
Hometown: Michigan
Squadron: 856th 492nd Bomb Group
Service# O-663450
Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart

MACR 7075
Target: Oil refinery at Politz.
Mission Date: 20-Jun-1944
Serial Number: # 44-40128
Aircraft Model B-24J
Aircraft Letter: I
Aircraft Name:
Location: Shot down over the Baltic Sea before reaching the target.
Cause: Fighter attack 1 KIA - 9MIA/KIA

The Abbott Crew was one of the original crews for the 492nd BG that trained in Alamogordo, New Mexico. They transferred in as Crew 1634 from the CCTS (Combat Crew Training School) in Biggs, Texas. Their crew remained intact with no personnel changes. They were assigned to the 856th BS, designated as Crew 609.
Lt Franklin Abbott signed out for a B-24J, 44-40128. It is believed that their ship wasn't given a nickname. In April 1944, they flew their assigned aircraft to North Pickenham, England, via the southern route. Their ground Crew Chief S/Sgt McCready flew with them, thus bumping Sgt. Lague onto the Queen Elizabeth.
The Group's first stop while on their way to England was at the processing center in Herrington, Kansas. Among the many things done there were final medical exams. S/Sgt James Brewington failed his and was grounded. He was replaced by S/Sgt Ernest Booth who had just recovered from an accident in a B-25 months earlier. We don't know what became of Brewington.
Lt. Abbott flew as the aircraft commander for Crew 609 for a total of 15 missions. some personnel changes may have been made on their various missions. It is known that T/Sgt Mike Dipadua was wounded on the 4 June mission, ending his combat tour. There was a different radio operator when they were shot down but he was just filling in for that one mission. He belonged the Bowland Crew.
On 20 Jun 44, they were among the victims of the ill-fated mission sent to bomb the well defended oil refinery at Politz. They were shot down over the Baltic Sea by rocket firing Me-410s and JU-88s. There were no survivors of the 10-man crew. Only Sgt. Kent's body was recovered for burial.

44-40128 Crew
1st/Lt. Franklin D. Abbott Jr. Pilot MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Roy E. Bellamy Co Pilot MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Douglas Tomlinson Jr. Navigator MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. William W. Schultz Bombardier MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. Ernest E. Booth Engineer MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. Julius Jezior Radio Op. MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. Chester L. Thivener Gunner MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. Chester L. Thivener Gunner MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. Dennis C. Kent Jr. Gunner KIA
S/Sgt. William M. Wilkie Gunner MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. Gerard A. Lague Gunner MIA/KIA


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First Lieutenant
U.S. Army Air Forces
Service # O-663450
856th Bomber Squadron, 492nd Bomber Group, Heavy
Missing in Action Tablets of the Missing
Awards:
Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster,
Purple Heart.

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Michigan.

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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56287263
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt Franklin David Abbott, Jr (30 Jan 1918–20 Jun 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56287263, citing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .