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William D Abernathy


Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42-39936. Killed in Action (KIA).

AM/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH


Units served with

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 728th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-39936 Bar Fly

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 12/10/43; Walla Walla 11/10/43; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z- ] Deopham Green 31/12/43; Missing in Action Warnemunde 9/4/44 with Carroll Boyd, Co-pilot: Elmer Julius, Navigator: Bill Abernathy, Bombardier: Bill Craighead, Waist gunner:...

Associated Place

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...


Event Location Date
Born Pale Pinto, Texas, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) 5390 Martofte, Denmark 9 April 1944
Died Martofte, Denmark 9 April 1944

MACR 3662

Buried Cambridge American Cemetery

wall of the missing


Date Contributor Update
06 April 2020 17:12:29 Joe Jones Changes to events

American Battle Monuments Commission

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2020 17:50:16 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2016 20:52:28 keatinglyn Changes to events

Missing Planes of the 452nd Bomb Group, 3rd Edition, Edward Hinrichs

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2016 20:46:33 keatinglyn Changes to awards, events and place associations

Missing Planes of the 452nd Bomb Group, 3rd Edition, Edward Hinrichs

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:49 AAM AAM ingest

ABMC; MACR 3662 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3662 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database