Abshire, Wilbert, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1943-1944, M 0611, 755th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1944
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Louisiana
Louisiana
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kaplan
Last Address
Horsham St. Faith, England

Casualty Date
May 27, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Other Accident
Location
North Sea
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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  1943-1943, 458th Bombardment Group, Heavy

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Unit
458th Bombardment Group, Heavy Unit Page
Rank
Sergeant
MOS
Not Specified
Location
Gowen Air Field
Country/State
Idaho
   
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 458th Bombardment Group, Heavy Details

458th Bombardment Group, Heavy

Assigned 8th AAF: January 1944











MIZPAH

Wing/Command Assignment

2 BD, 96 CBW 11 Jan 1944 
2 AD, 96 CBW 1 Jan 1945 




''SPOTTED APE''






''THE CATS...''








































Combat Aircraft:

B-24H 
B-24J 
B-24L 
B-24M 
 

Stations

HORSHAM ST. FAITHS: 29 January 1944 - 3 July 1945
 

Group COs

Col James H. Isbell 16 Dec. 1943 - 9 Mar. 1945.
Col Allen F. Herzberg 10 Mar. 1945 - 18 Jun. 1945.

First Mission: 24 Feb 1944 
Last Mission: 25 Apr 1945 
Missions: 240 
Total Sorties: 5,759 
Total Bomb Tonnage: 13,204 Tons 
Aircraft MIA: 47
 

Major Awards:

None
 

Claims to Fame


Carried out operational test of Azon radio-controlled bomb for OAF.

Early History:

Activated on 1 July 1943 at Wendover Field, Utah. Assembly began at Gowen Field, Idaho, on 28 July 1943. The unit trained there until early September 1943 then moved to Kearns Field, Utah. On 31 October 1943 the unit moved to train at Tonopah AAFd, Nev. The ground unit moved to the port of embarkation on the 29th of December 1943. The aircraft flew to the UK via the southern ferry route. The ground unit sailed from New York on USS Florence Nightingale on the 18 January 1944.
 

Subsequent History:

Redeployed to the US in June 1945. The aircraft left Horsham St. Faiths on the 14 June 1945. The ground unit sailed on the Queen Mary from Greenock on the 6 July 1945, arriving in New York on the 11 July 1945. The group was established at Walker AAFd, Kansas on the 25 July 1945, and later at March Field, Ca. to train as a B-29 unit, but with end of war in Pacific, the Group was inactivated on the 17 October 1945.

Type
Combat - Bomber Units
Existing/Disbanded
Existing
Parent Unit
Bombardment Units
Strength
Group
Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Apr 4, 2011
   
   
My Photos For This Unit
Mattson Crew, Boise
4 Members Also There at Same Time
458th Bombardment Group, Heavy

Sims, Jack Ahren, Col, (1940-1968) M10 M 1082 Captain
Cabot, Gerald, SSgt, (1943-1945) M61 M 0611 Staff Sergeant
Gabay, Eugene, Sgt, (1942-1945) M61 M 0611 Staff Sergeant
Picard, Norman J., Sgt, (1943-1944) M61 M 0611 Sergeant

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