458th Bombardment Group (H)

  Honoring those who served with the 458th BG during World War II

B-24H-20-FO 42-95008 J3 R  Able Mabel


No known photo of Able Mabel exists.

If you have a picture of this aircraft, please contact me.

The origin of the name of this aircraft is unknown, and to date no photograph has been found.  2nd Air Division researcher Tom Brittain has Able Mabel in his records.

The aircraft's first recorded mission with the 755th Bomb Squadron was on April 25, 1944.  Twelve crews took this aircraft over the continent for 20 missions until it's luck ran out on No. 21.  On June 29, 1944, the 458th was to attack the Junkers Airframe Factory in Aschersleben, Germany.  2Lt William P. Perkinson and crew, took of in Able Mabel on their second mission and failed to return.  Losing No. 3 engine while crossing the English Coast, their Instructor Pilot, 1Lt Robert H. Hannaman, an Operations Officer in the 755th Squadron, thought they would be okay to continue the mission.  They made the target and were able to drop their bombs, but were hit in No. 4 engine.  With two engines now out on the same side their fate was sealed.  They made it to Westrhauderfehn, about 230 miles from the target when they were forced to abandon the aircraft. All were taken POW.

Missions

Date Target Pilot 458th Msn Pilot Msn Cmd Pilot Ld RCL Sqdn A/C Msn Comments
25-Apr-44 MANNHEIM A/F STEWART 27 13     R J3 1
09-May-44 ST. TROND WELLS 38 20     R J3 2  
10-May-44 DIEPHOLZ CURTIS REC --     R J3 -- RECALL BEFORE EC
11-May-44 EPINAL WELLS 39 21     R J3 3  
12-May-44 BOHLEN WELLS 40 22     R J3 4  
19-May-44 BRUNSWICK WELLS 42 23     R J3 5  
20-May-44 RHEIMS A/D WELLS 43 24     R J3 6  
29-May-44 TUTOW A/F WELLS 50 28     R J3 7  
30-May-44 ZWISCHENAHN A/F WELLS 51 29     R J3 8  
31-May-44 BERTRIX MELTON 52 27     R J3 9  
02-Jun-44 STELLA/PLAGE WELLS 53 30     R J3 10  
11-Jun-44 BLOIS WARNER 62 2     R J3 11  
12-Jun-44 EVREUX/FAUVILLE McARDLE 64 5     R J3 12  
14-Jun-44 DOMLEGER FRENCH 65 3     R J3 13  
15-Jun-44 GUYANCOURT FRENCH 66 4     R J3 --  
17-Jun-44 GUYANCOURT REW 67 ABT     -- J3 -- ABORT - LATE T/O COULD NOT CATCH FORM
19-Jun-44 REGNAUVILLE QUIRK 71 4     R J3 14 MSN #1
20-Jun-44 OSTERMOOR HAUSER 73 5     R J3 15 MSN #1 D-CHNL
20-Jun-44 NOBALL FRANCE PISKIN REC NTO     R J3 -- NO TAKE OFF - MSN #3 RECALL
23-Jun-44 3 NO BALLS GLAGOLA 76 6     R J3 16  
24-Jun-44 ST OMER HANNAMAN 79 8     R J3 18 MSN #3
24-Jun-44 CONCHES A/F RIESEN 77 8     R J3 17 MSN #1
25-Jun-44 ST. OMER FRENCH 80 9     R J3 19  
28-Jun-44 SAARBRUCKEN McARDLE 81 11     R J3 20  
29-Jun-44 ASCHERSLEBEN PERKINSON 82 FTR HANNAMAN L R J3 21 FAILED TO RETURN


Disposition

B-24H-20 FO 42-95008               R          J3 (755) ABLE MABEL

             OD

Lost 29 Jun 44 – went down near Westrhauderfehn/Leer, 45 km W of Oldenburg. (Target was Aschersleben)

MACR 7086