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321stBG,447thBS, S/Sgt Wm Mabbutt (B-25 Gunner)

Italy

Bill Mabbutt in 1947

Dec. 2012 Mrs Wm Mabbutt is at her summer home until April when she returns she will be sending pictures and other stories;

     For now, Anita has said that Bill could not get past the slip-stream and finally fought his way out the tail, only to swing only once and he shattered his ankle when he hit the ground.  Since he was so long in getting out, the others thought he perished in the ship.  Luckily the Partisans found him first, carried him a short distance, stabelized his ankle, put old peasant clothes and a cloak on him, placed him on a donkey and was told to just be still and look down.  He was walked this was through many villiages until they arrived at a "safe" house where there was an English Dr. who repaired his foot as best as possible.  The donkey was led by a Priest and it was explained he was a deaf-mute crippled person and they made it over to his VERY SURPRISED 'mates', who had escaped their captors.  This incredibly KIND English Dr. stopped and delivered a local baby, catching back up with them in a few days!

   Anita remembers that one time (during the 3 months evading) they were in a local barn and surprised by the Germans.  Only thing was to dive into the hay where they spent a miserable night taking turns punching the shoulder of one of the 3 who SNORED.  Bill said he was never so scared in his life...and cold!   The Germans had used the pitchfork to get their own hay beds and never once touched the men.

   Upon return  to their unit, Bill said that someone was wearing his BOOTS, he sat directly down and took them off and handed them to Bill before they hugged!  (as told to Barbi Connolly on the telephone :)

#43-3403 Incendiary Blonde  B-25 Lost on 20 Oct. 1944. 

11 Dec. 2012 from Professor Agostini Alberti;

Dear Friends,
Have received the attached file by Mr. Bottacin from Pieve Albignola,
the small village where did crashed the B-25 "Incendiary Blonde" on Oct
20, 1944.
He was able to find Mr. Battista Fasce, the partisan (now he is 87 years
old) who hid and assisted Sgt Mabbutt after the "landing" in enemy held
territory.
It sounds an interesting story...  With Friendship,   Ago 

  (Prof. Agostini Alberti, AirCrashPO Team Leader, Italy) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

WAR-DIARY; 321st Bomb Group (Medium), 447th BS;   20 Oct. 1944

 Friday, 20 October 1944
447th BS Mission Summary (Ops Order 594/mission 594) Group Mission # 594:
Eleven of our ships participated in a raid on the Galliate Road Bridge, in
Northern Italy, with Lt Rice leading our Squadron. Excellent concentration
of bombs on target, scoring direct hits on the center and west end knocking
two spans down in the center and one span at the west end. Strings also hit
both approaches. Bombing accuracy, 100%.  Mission efficiency, 62%. 1 plane
failed to return. 1st Lt Richard L. Willis (MIA), 2nd Lt Edmund R. Harvey
(MIA), F/O James I. Wentz (MIA), S/Sgt Anthony J. Abbondanza (MIA), S/Sgt
William T. Mabbutt (MIA).
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A/C No. 43-3403 “Incendiary Blonde” (MACR-9442 – hit by flak - crashed)
P Willis, Richard L., 1Lt – remained in plane – KIA – buried 21 Oct 44,
Cemetery
Piave Albignola Field 2, Row 9, Grave 6
CP Wentz, James I. “Jim”, F/O – MIA – POW returned
N None
B Harvey, Edmund R., 2Lt – remained in plane – KIA – buried 21 Oct 44,
Cemetery
Piave Albignola Field 2, Row 9, Grave 7
E Mabbutt, William T., S/Sgt – MIA - evaded enemy - returned to USA
(interviewed by
Intelligence Service, Army Service Forces, New York Port of Embarkation,
Brooklyn, New York on 16 Dec 44)
R None
G Abbondanza, Anthony J., S/Sgt – MIA – POW returned
F None
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Abbondanza, Anthony J., S/Sgt., Aerial-Gunner, Enlistment Service # :
31308822
MISSING IN ACTION on 20 October 1944 on Bombing Mission on Galliate Road
Bridge in Northern Italy.  Flak Damaged and Losing Altitude, Bail Orders Were
Given. Plane Crashed and Exploded.  Abbondanza EVADED ENEMY CAPTURE~
RETURNED AND INTERROGATED on 30 November 1944~Three Crew Members Survived.
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447th BS:  Extracts from Missing Air Crew Report # 9442:  Craft received flak in right wing near engine; left engine began throwing oil, and attempts to feather it failed.  Loss of altitude was indicated and at 6,000’ bail-out orders were given.  Abbondanza, who believes he was first to bail, left craft at 3500’ closely followed by Wentz; neither saw any other chutes while descending.  Both members state none of the crew had been injured in the craft. Difficulty was encountered with flak-damaged escape hatches and only the rear hatch was successfully forced open.  Abbondanza’s last view of the plane was at its point of fall into a dive; then an explosion was felt.  Wreckage was never seen by sources.

 

 

 

  A/C No.  43-3403 “Incendiary Blonde” (MACR-9442 – hit by flak - crashed) P

Willis, Richard L., 1Lt – remained in plane – KIA – buried 21 Oct 44, Cemetery Piave Albignola Field 2, Row 9, Grave 6

CP Wentz, James I., F/O  – MIA – POW returned N None B Harvey, Edmund R., 2Lt  – remained in plane – KIA – buried 21 Oct 44, Cemetery Piave Albignola Field 2, Row 9, Grave  7 E Mabbutt, William T., S/Sgt  – MIA - returned R None G Abbondanza, Anthony J., S/Sgt – MIA – POW returned F None

Barbi Ennis Connolly  PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com       321st Bomb Group Historical Research Team;  John T Fitzgerald, Patti Johnson and Barbi Connolly.


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WWII Wm Mabbutt, Enlistment; 1942

Idaho

"BILL"

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 Name: William T Mabbutt
ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 39833480 Birth Year: 1922 Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Idaho State of Residence: Idaho
County or City: Lincoln Enlistment Date: 16 Sep 1942 Enlistment State: Idaho
Enlistment City: Boise Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Grade Cde: Private Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men) Source: Civil Life
Education: 1 year of college Civil Occupation: Semiskilled chauffeurs and drivers, bus, taxi, truck, and
tractor Marital Status: Single, without dependents Height: 69 Weight: 135
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National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C. Registry~NARA~War Department Files Honoree Hometown Service Source William Mabbutt U.S. Army Air Forces Marcia M. Lieurance William Mabbutt
BRANCH OF SERVICE: U.S. Army Air Forces HONORED BY; Marcia M. Lieurance
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U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002 Name: William T Mabbutt Address: 2402 W State St
City: Boise State: Idaho Zip Code: 83702-3163 Residence Years: 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
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Social Security Death Index Name: William T. Mabbutt Born: 14 Mar 1922 Died: 8 Oct 2001
State (Year) SSN issued: Idaho (Before 1951)

Please see Page TWO, Link is under the MAP to the left.

"Bill Mabbutt; Rest Camp/ROME

Rome, Italy

William "Bill" Mabbutt;   Friday, 25 August 1944

447th BS War-Diary;

Description: Friday, 25th Aug. 1944
447th BS War Diary: 1st Lt. Joe L. Beal is appointed Ground Safety Officer in addition to his other duties. The following officers and enlisted men have departed for rest camp, Rome, Italy: 1st Lt. M.R. Bastin; 1st Lt. R.H. Swanson; S/Sgt. R.J. Balling; S/Sgt. W. R. Mabbutt; Sgt. O.E. Holmes, Jr.; Sgt. J.R. O’Neil. The following officers and enlisted have returned from rest camp, Rome, Italy: 1st Lt. L.C. Runyon; 2nd Lt. N.G. Melamed; S/Sgt. J.F. McFarland; S/Sgt. H.E. Fowler; Sgt. A.T. Shand.
Balling, Robert J., S/Sgt, radio-gunner Bastin, Melville R., 1Lt, pilot
Beal, Joseph L., 1Lt, Adjutant Fowler, Harold E., S/Sgt, gunner
Holmes, Ora E., Jr., Sgt, photographer Mabbutt, William T., S/Sgt, engineer-gunner
McFarland, John F., Sgt, gunner Melamed, Meyer G., 2Lt, bombardier
O'Neil, James R., Sgt, engineer-gunner Runyon, Leroy C., 1Lt, pilot
Shand, Arthur T., Sgt, photographer Stocking, Eugene, E., 1Lt, pilot
Swanson, Robert H., 1Lt, pilot Wiginton, J. Maurice “Wigs”, 1Lt, pilot

Monday, 28 August 1944 (Robert Returned)
447th BS War Diary: Sgt. Olney W. Morris and Private First Class Buford T. Williams returned from rest camp, Capri. The following officers and enlisted men have returned from rest camp, Rome, Italy: 1st Lt. Melville R. Bastin; 1st Lt. Robert H. Swanson; S/Sgt. Robert J. Balling; S/Sgt. William T. Mabbutt; Sgt. Ora E. Holmes, Jr.; Sgt. James R. O’Neil. The following officers and enlisted men have departed for rest camp, Rome, Italy: 1st Lt. James M. Rosenbledt; 1st Lt. James A. Webb; S/Sgt. Jordon L. Bushnell; S/Sgt. Robert W. Koecher; S/Sgt. Watson L. Partee; S/Sgt. Francis S. Torrey. Private Ellsworth M. Karrenbouer is in arrest in quarters. Today’s training consisted of local transition.
Balling, Robert J., S/Sgt, radio-gunner Bastin, Melville R., 1Lt, pilot
Bushnell, Jordan L., S/Sgt, gunner Holmes, Ora E., Jr., Sgt, photographer
Karrenbouer, Ellsworth M., Pvt, duty soldier
Koecher, Robert W., S/Sgt, engineer-gunner
Mabbutt, William T., S/Sgt, engineer-gunner Morris, Olney W., Sgt, armament
Muzinich, Anthony L., 1Lt, pilot
O'Neil, James R., Sgt, engineer-gunner, bombardier
Partee, Watson L., S/Sgt, engineer-gunner Rosenbledt, James M., 1Lt, bombardier

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