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Wilbert Abshire


Killed in Action (KIA). A/C 42-95183 'Briney Marlin' Forming up, hit by A/C 42-95159. Plane went into spin and crew was ordered to bail out. Immediately after Carlstrum and Abshire bailed out, the pilot was able to gain control and the rest of the crew decided to stay with the plane and landed safely. Picture of plane p. 17

Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.


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. ...

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 755th Bomb Squadron


Associated Place

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...


Event Location Date
Born Kaplan, LA 23 May 1920

Son of Jeneus and Alicia [Simon] Abshire.

Enlisted Lafayette, LA 23 October 1942

Lafayette, Louisiana

Based Horsham St Faith 1944 – 27 May 1944

Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died North Sea 27 May 1944

Aboard B-24 42-95183 'Briney Marlin' in mid air during group form up over Cromer; baled out over Nth Sea, A/C subsequently returned base. Killed in Action (KIA)

Buried 1946

Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery

Buried Abshire Cemetery Vermilion Parish, LA 1948

Abshire Cemetery
Vermilion Parish, LA


Date Contributor Update
11 February 2021 19:47:45 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2020 13:15:26 Andycole0 Changes to awards

American Battle Monument's Commission

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2020 18:13:50 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial # (2 places) in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2019 10:40:08 Al_Skiff Changes to events and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2019 09:07:16 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:19 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology Supplement p. 266. Folded Wings of the 458th Bomb Group, p. 17 & page 192 & Page 272 of the book LIBERAORS OVER NORWICH by Mackay, Bailry & Scorza, 2010, D790G4582010 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia