George was born in 1925, the son of Edward Abbott, Jr. and Anna McKown. George grew up in Mt Lebanon, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, with his parents, one older sister, Anna, and two younger sisters, Lois and Bertha. He attended elementary school at the Lincoln School in Mt. Lebanon, located on land where his grandfather's (Edward Abbott) cows once grazed. George attended Mt. Lebanon High School. His younger cousin, Harold Donley, later remembered how much it meant to him that his "big" cousin would often walk to school with him. George was a member of Mt Lebanon Presbyterian Church. George joined the Army Air Force October 18, 1943, a few months before his high school graduation, but was granted his diploma in Janurary 1944. George entered the Air Force pilot program, however, when it was discontinued he became a B-17 waist gunner, later becoming a B-17 bombadier. When George was home on leave, before going overseas, he went to visit his grandfather who told him "Get one for me, Son! Get one for me!" George's younger cousin, years later, talked about what an emotional moment that was, as he and their grandfather, watched George go off to war. George's rank was a Master Sargeant assigned to the 601st Bombardment Squadron, 398th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, 1st Air Division. He was stationed at Base Station 131, Nuthampstead , England. On October 15, 1944, the mission of the 601st was a bombing raid of the railroads in Cologne, Germany. George was a gunner, and bombadier (togglier) positioned in the nose of the aircraft. Immediately after dropping bombs, the nose of the plane was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire, killing George instantly. The pilot managed to bring the B-17 back to Nuthampstead, England, and landed it safely.
(George E. Abbott's name and the names of all those lost in combat in the 398th Bomb Group is etched into the Memorial Window glass at St George' s Church in Anstey, England).∼D. 9. Manchester Regiment 301275
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