Abel, George Clayton

Date of birth:
June 1909 (Grayson/Saskatchewan, Canada)
Nationality:
Canadian

Biography

Enlisted in Regina on August 14th, 1940
Trained at No. 2 Wireless School where he graduated on January 31st, 1941.
Received further training with No.5 Bombing Group School and graduated and was commissioned on August 13th, 1941.
To Halifax, 16 September 1941.
To No.31 OTU, 28 September 1941;
To RAF overseas, 13 March 1942.
As of 20 May 1942 he was at No.3 RS overseas;
as of 7 August at No.7 (C) OTU.
As of 20 November 1942 at No.36 Squadron.

Promotions:
March 3th, 1941: Leading Air Cadet
August 13th 1941: Pilot Officer
September 15th, 1942: Flying Officer
September 15th, 1943: Flight Lieutenant
February 9th, 1945: repatriated to Canada
April 3th, 1945: retired from the RCAF

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Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Flight Lieutenant
Unit:
Royal Canadian Air Force
Awarded on:
April 28th, 1944
Action:
Citation:
"In November 1943, Flight Lieutenant Abel was a member of the crew of an aircraft detailed for an operational sortie. Shortly after taking off the pilot was compelled to make an emergency landing, and on touching the ground the aircraft burst into flames. The crew, who had taken crash positions, proceeded to leave the aircraft through the emergency exits. Flight Lieutenant Abel, with his companions, had travelled a distance of approximately sixty yards before he realized that one member of the crew, the rear gunner, was missing. The aircraft was blazing furiously and ammunition was exploding. There was also the grave risk of the petrol tanks and the bombs exploding. Flight Lieutenant Abel, ignoring the imminent danger, returned to the aircraft, calling on the other members of the crew to follow him. The rear gunner was discovered trapped in his turret which, together with the exists, had become jammed. Efforts were made to turn the turret but this the rescuers found to be impossible. Flight Lieutenant Abel then smashed the perspex with his bare hands and succeeded in dragging the rear gunner clear of the wreckage. When all were about twenty yards from the aircraft the first bomb exploded, and the aircraft was soon completely destroyed. By his courage and leadership Flight Lieutenant Abel undoubtedly saved his comrade's life at the risk of his own."
George Medal

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