Abensdchoen, Russell W., T/Sgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 011-Airplane and Engine Mechanic
Last MOS Group
Ordnance (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1939-1944, AAF MOS 011, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
Service Years
1939 - 1944

Technical Sergeant


One Service Stripe



Four Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
York
Last Address
Detroit, Michigan

Casualty Date
Sep 21, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Netherlands
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION I SITE 57

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AAF Flight Engineer Badge

 
 Unit Assignments
US Army Air Force (USAAF)
  1939-1944, AAF MOS 011, US Army Air Force (USAAF)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Sicily Campaign (1943)/Operation Husky
  1943-1943 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
  1944-1944 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
TSAgt Abendschoen served with the 309th Troop Carrier Squadron, 309th Troop Carrier Group, 8th Army Air Force. The unit was based at RAF Spanhoe (Army Air Force Station 493), based near Uppingham, Northamptonshire, England.

On 21 September 1944, he was aboard a C-47A (tail number 42-93029) crewed by five AAF airmen. The aircraft was delivering 16 Polish paratroopers to a drop zone south of Arnhem, Holland, in support of “Operation Market Garden.” Soon after departing the drop zone, the plane was observed to be on fire beneath the pilot compartment. It crashed, burst into flames and there were no survivors. The Germans opened the dikes in the region where the plane crashed and flooded the area before any remains could be recovered.

Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 10135

AAF Crew:
TSgt Russell W. Abendschoen (Crew Chief)
1st Lt. Cecil W. Biggs (Pilot)
SSgt George G. Herbst (Radio Operator)
2nd Lt. William L. Pearce (Co-Pilot)
2nd Lt. Thomas R. Yenner (Navigator)

The remains were interred in Arlington National Cemetery and other locations in July 2007. Some of the remains were discovered by Dutch citizens following the War, buried. They were re-interred in 1950 in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Kentucky in a single mass grave until more remains were discovered in 1994.

TSgt. Abendschoen was finally interred in Arlington National Cemetery in 2007
   
Comments/Citation
Enlisted 30 December 1939 from Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan.

His father had served in the U.S. Navy from 1917-1919 aboard the U.S.S. Georgia.  Interred in Greenmount Cemetery, York, Pennsylvania.

 
   
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