Joseph N. Abel

NAME
Joseph Napoleon Abel
NICKNAME
Joe
SERVICE NUMBER
O-9032
HOME OF RECORD
1620 Fairview Ave North, Seattle, WA
NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. Harry N. Abel
DATE OF BIRTH
December 5, 1914
ENTERED SERVICE
April 11, 1941
DATE OF LOSS
November 13, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA / Declared Dead
December 11, 1943
UNIT
VMJ-253
DUTY
Pilot
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On the afternoon of 13 November 1942, a fierce tropical storm blew in over Guadalcanal, complete with heavy winds and “blinding rain.” An R4D-1 transport plane at the end of a long flight from Espiritu Santo, had no choice but to attempt a landing at Henderson Field. The pilots, 2Lt. Joseph N. Abel and SSgt. Arthur F. Dowers, Jr., were unable to orient themselves to the airstrip on their first pass and pulled the aircraft around to try again.

Observers on the ground saw the big plane make “a very sharp bank over the bay, and evidently an air current or down-draft caught the plane and turned it over on its back.” The R4D-1 (BuNo. S-4696) hit the water and exploded on contact. No rescue efforts could be made.

Joseph Abel was declared dead on 11 December 1943.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Second Lieutenant
Posthumous promotion to Captain
STATUS OF REMAINS
Lost in airplane crash at sea.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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Joe Abel as a naval aviation cadet in Corpus Christi, Texas. Slipstream yearbook, 1941.