He was the son of Charles and Kathryn (Rizik) Abraham.
Radio op. T/Sgt. Louis J. Abraham
Squadron: 577th 392th Bomb Group
Pilot 1st/Lt. Roger M. Brandt
Date Lost: 1-Jan-45
Serial Number: #41-29560
Aircraft Model B-24
Aircraft Name: Rat Poison
Location: near Mons, Belgium
Cause: Fuel Crew of 9RTD
Radio operator T/Sgt Louis J. Abraham wrote in his journal, "After being briefed, we took off at 9:30, 4:30 in the states. We were carrying a bomb load of eight one thousand pound bombs-it was maximum load. We assembled at 17,000 ft due to bad weather and then left the English coast for Germany. All the way into the target we had heavy flak and damn accurate too. Our Squadron got lost and it took us 1:25 minutes to find the target. After bombs away we headed for home. By this time my ship was very low on gas and we had to drop out of formation and head for an emergency airfield near Paris. We were still in Germany at the time, alone and unescorted. Our eyes were scanning the skies for enemy fighters. We were at an altitude of 1,000 ft when my pilot took another gas reading. We were on the border of Belgium and France at this time when our four engines began to sputter. My pilot told us over the interphone to prepare for a crash landing and we all acknowledged his request. He spotted a cornfield in Belgium and headed for it. By this time the propellers were just windmilling and [we] knew they would stop in a few seconds. The ground became closer and closer to us, then my pilot spotted these high tension wires directly in front of us. He tried pulling the plane up but there was no power so he took a chance and nosed it down and at the same time leveling it off. We then hit the ground, once, twice and then we stopped. The engineer opened up the top hatch and we all scrambled out shaking like leaves. It was by the grace of God that the nine of us walked away from the plane uninjured. We spent five days in Brussels and finally got transportation back to England."
Engineer T/Sgt John Chelenyak recalls that when the plane ran short of fuel, he transferred all available fuel to keep the two inboard engines running as long as possible. When the third engine stopped, there was only enough fuel to get down to 1,000 feet -- and then that engine died too. 1/Lt Brandt "mushed" the air to try and slow down their descent. According to T/Sgt Chelenyak, it was due to Roger Brandt's "superior flying ability and experience" that "he was able to crash land the plane wheels up all intact without any injuries to his crew. Roger Brandt had asked the crew to bail out if they wanted to -- but after he said he was going to try to take it down, we all agreed to go with him." 1/Lt Brandt made a belly landing in a cornfield near Mons, Belgium. Sgt Harmon kicked out the large side window after they got down and that is how he, S/Sgt Johnson, S/Sgt Richardson, and Sgt Harmon exited the plane. 2/Lt Copple, 1/Lt Boettcher, 2/Lt Fabiani, 1/Lt Brandt, T/Sgt Abraham and T/Sgt Chelenyak got out via the top forward hatch.
On 3 January 1945, the 5th Strategic Air Depot at Merville, France, informed the 392nd via teletype that the Brandt crew was there, awaiting transportation back to England. The crew enjoyed the hospitality of Mons for several days before they were flown back to England.
1/Lt Roger Brandt's crew:
1st/Lt. Roger M. Brandt Pilot
Henry L. Fabiani Co Pilot
1st/Lt. Rudy E. Boettcher Navigator
2nd/Lt. R. N. Copple Bombardier
T/Sgt. J. A. Chelenyak Engineer
T/Sgt. Louis J. Abraham Radio op.
S/Sgt. William C. Richardson Gunner
S/Sgt. Eric W. Johnson Gunner
Sgt. George E. Harmon gunner.
Esther Williams Abraham
1937–2007 (m. 1967)
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