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1LT Luther Joe Abel

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1LT Luther Joe Abel

Birth
Texas, USA
Death 22 Sep 1944 (aged 22–23)
England
Burial Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Plot Plot F Row 6 Grave 22
Memorial ID 56287264 View Source
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Luther Abel was from Gladewater, Gregg County, Texas.

1/Lt Abel was the son of Luther and Joe Ann Wood Abel of Wichita, Texas. He had flown P-47D "Thunderbolts" with the 83rd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group over the ETO in June/July 1944. It is believed that he became an instructor with the 495th FTG which was officially an 8th Air Force unit, but was charged with giving advanced training, specific to the European Theater of operations, to pilots of both the 8th and 9th Air Force. He was badly injured in a P-38 "Lightning" landing accident at Atcham, Shropshire and died a few days later.

1/Lt Abel was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters.

He is buried in the American Military Cemetery, Cambridge, England.


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  • Maintained by: svanwyk
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56287264
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/56287264/luther-joe-abel : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Luther Joe Abel (1921–22 Sep 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56287264, citing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England ; Maintained by svanwyk (contributor 46563145) .