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Robert L Abell


Killed in Action (KIA) 31-Aug-43 in B-26B 41-31653 "King Bee" [KX:M] while serving Engineer/Gunner. The aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire and crashed while bombing the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France. Loss documented on MACR 471 but not available from No burial record could be located. Possible that remains were not recovered because aircraft burned when it crashed.


Units served with

  • 387th Bomb Group

    387th Bomb Group

    The 387th Bomb Group flew just under thirty missions with the Eighth Air Force before being transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943. The Group remained at Chipping Ongar, Essex after being reassigned and continued to hit targets in France....

  • 558th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-31653 King Bee

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26B-15-MA 41-31653 "King Bee" [KX:M]was assigned to the 353BG/558BS at Chipping Onger, UK. The aircraft was despatched on 31-Aug-43 along with 35 others to bomb the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France. The aircraft was struck by anti-aircaft...


  • VIII Air Support Command 39B & 40

    31 August 1943
    VIII ASC 39B - 36 B-26s from 387BG are despatched to bomb the German airfield at Lille/Vendeville, France. All 36 are effective on the target, but one aircraft Fails to Return (FTR)-5KIA 1POW. There are no bomber gunner claims against enemy aircraft. ...

Associated Place

  • Chipping Ongar

    Military site : airfield
    The air base was constructed by the 831st Engineer Battalion (Aviation) in late August 1942. The 387th Bomb Group were the only American group to be based there, flying B-26 Marauders in strategic missions over France, first for the Eighth and then for...


Event Location Date
Killed in Action (KIA) Lille, France 31 August 1943

Killed when aircraft was shot down by anti-aircraft fire and crashed at the target Lille/Vendeville, France.


Date Contributor Update
28 May 2015 21:33:01 Lee8thbuff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 28-May-2015. Added NEW ENTRY for this airman. All infomration based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; No burial record was located.