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Felix Roberson Abel

Military

'I was a Airplane Mechanic on the B-17 "Hells Angels Out of Chute 13" with the 401st Bomb Group + 612th Squadron. We were really proud of it because I finished 118 missions without an abort. It was shot up on the last mission of the war in Europe, but made it back to our base where it was junked. The next day we were assigned another plane to ferry to the States...'

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-39993 'Hells Angels Out Of Chute 13', 'Grossly Inadequate'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-C] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; 118m landing accident at base with Jim Nolan 7/5/45; sal 2 SAD Watton, Nfk 8/5/45. HELL’S ANGELS OUT OF CHUTE 13 aka GROSSLY INADEQUATE. ...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Dayton, TN 30 June 1919

Son of the late James Moss and Gladys [Lowry] Abel.

Enlisted Fort Oglethorpe, GA 28 October 1942

Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia

Based Deenethorpe 1943 – June 1945

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Dayton, TN 7 September 2015
Buried Abel Cemetery Dayton, Rhea County, TN 10 September 2015

Abel Cemetery
Dayton,
Rhea County, TN

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2020 21:10:13 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/87977493-felix-r-abel
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/151974182/felix-roberson-abel

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 11:30:28 Emily Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Self, via American Air Museum Memory Book Correspondence.

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