Marshall Thomas Abraham

S/Sgt    13057360    613th
1921 - 1944

Radio Operator aboard 42-30855 (Ol' Massa)


Margraten cemetery, Netherlands
Plot : M - 16 - 7.

     Marshall was born 1921, in New Castle, Lawrence, Pennsylvania.
     In Jan 28, 1942 he enlisted to the Air Corps.

     He arrived in England to join the 401st BG.
     His last mission, May 8, 1944, Target: Berlin, after dropping bombs the plane was hit by flak.
     Just 100 miles before the border of the Netherlands the bottom part of plane blew off.

     He was awarded with an Air Medal and a Purple Heart Medal.                                                  Marshall 1927

     In 1944, when Marshall died on the age of 22 he left behind his family :

         His father, Samuel Abraham, age 49
         His mother, Jennie Abraham, age 46
         His sister, Julia A Abraham, age 27
         His brother, Abe S Abraham, age 25
         His brother, Samuel Abraham, age 17
         His sister, Lorraine Abraham, age 15

Ed (cousin) - Marshall - Samuel Junior (brother) - Alan (cousin)

Libby (cousin) - Marshall - Julie (sister)

Mission to Berlin, germany, Crashed near Balkum, Germany

     Story told by Edward J. Rice, Left Waist Gunner.

     Our mission proceeded as usual.

     You never can tell what might happen when approaching the enemy coast.
     We are flying up front on this one, little flak as we cross the coast.


     As we got closer to Berlin, the flak was heavier, we are on the bomb run now.

     Bomb bay doors are open, Bombs away !.

     Damn that Flak, won't it ever stop... oh oh.... we got some in the wrong place again, No 4 engine.

     We move out of the flak and start to breathe easier.
     Flying a little low and offside now as we have trouble keeping up.
     This could be bad...

     About 100 miles from Holland it happens, so close to home yet so far.
     A loud , hard, explosion toward the front of our plane.
     The plane was flying level as die, but the whole tail was gone.
     Just a great big hole looking out at the sky.
     The blast blew everything toward the front of the plane, the plane can't fly this way.
     I ran straight out into space thru the open fuselage, the plane was diving straight down.
     It nosed into the ground and exploded, fire and smoke shot skyward.

     What exactly happened to Marshall isn't sure, he was found dead and buried at the Achmer
     Later he was re buried at Margraten cemetery, Netherlands


Marshall and his brother Abe Abraham


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