2/Lt. Richard K. Abel


(F. Birtciel)

2/Lt. Richard K. Abel

343rd FS - 02 March 1945 - 09 April 1945 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

Killed whilst flying P-51D CY-H 44-64159 "Jill's Jalopy"

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List

Not Known

Air Scores
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed
Damaged  
Score Detail

09 April 1945  u/i a/c destroyed (ground) Munich-Brunnthal Landing Ground

Notes Entered service from Seattle, Washington.
ASN - O-721932
02 March 1945 - Joined the 343rd Fighter Squadron
April 1945 - Awarded the Air Medal
09 April 1945 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 13950
1/Lt. Donald R. Gifford reported: "Lt. Abel was flying Blue 4 on my wing on the mission of 9th of April.  We saw some E/A parked on a highway so Blue flight went down to strafe them.  I circled once and then made a pass with Lt. Abel on my wing.  After the pass, I called him and asked if he was okay.  He acknowledged and said he was all right so I told him we would go around and make another pass.  When I finished my second pass I called him again but could get no answer. I kept calling him but failed each time, nor did I see him again after we started our second pass."
Lt. Abel had a midair collision with a 4th Fighter Group P-51 being flown by Lt. Bucholz, near Munich, Germany. 
He is buried in Plot A, Row 26, Grave 47, Lorraine American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Saint Avold, France.
Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble
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