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Walter H Abernathy Jr.


Shot down by fighters and forced to crash near Unna, GR on a mission to Oschersleben, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97474 'Homing Pigeon'. Evaded, then Prisoner of War (POW).



Units served with

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 533rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97474

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/11/43; Kearney 14/12/43; Presque Is 22/12/43; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-Z] Ridgewell 15/1/44; Missing in Action Oschersleben 22/2/44 with Francis Fridgen, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bob Brennan, Radio Operator: Bill Reilly,...


Event Location Date
Evaded Germany 22 February 1944
Died 21 February 1999


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:53 AAM AAM ingest

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 2934, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2934 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database