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Abner Osbourne McDaniel


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Abner Osbourne McDaniel

Theater: European

Highest rank: Major

From: Ohio

S/N: O-789188 (previous serial number 15069975)

Abner Osbourne McDaniel, of Cleveland, OH. He graduated from Turner Field. He was killed in action during WWII (information from Paul Means). Other information shows he served with the 15th Air Force, 484th Bomb Grp 826th Bomb Sqdn as a B-24 pilot and died of injuries on February 18, 1945.

Below is an article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

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Notes for ABNER OSBORNE MCDANIEL:
Plain Dealer
March 4, 1945

MAJ. A. O. M’DANIEL KILLED
10 More in City’s War Toll

Maj. Abner Osborne McDaniel, 25, son of Augustus C. McDaniel, president of Hill Acme Co., was one of six Greater Clevelanders reported dead last night by the War Department.
Three other soldiers were reported missing – two in action and the third on a routine training flight in this country. In addition, another Cleveland serviceman was listed as wounded.
Earlier yesterday the deaths of five Greater Clevelanders were recorded, bringing the day’s total war fatalities to 11.
Maj. McDaniel who was an operations officer and pilot of a Liberator bomber attached to the 15th Air Force in Italy, died Feb. 18 in the Mediterranean area of injuries received in battle, his family was informed. Other details were not released.
The flier was a graduate of University School and had attended Case School of Applied Science. He enlisted in the air forces in September, 1941, and was commissioned a second lieutenant at Turner Field, Ga. He went overseas a year ago.
Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Barbara Byers McDaniel, who lives with her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Edgar S. Byers, 1247 Oakridge Drive, Cleveland Heights, a sister, Mrs. Walter I. Floyd of Sewickley, Pa., and two brothers, Lieut. Augustus C. McDaniel, Jr., at Tucson, Ariz. and Seaman Homer McDaniel, with the navy at Baldwin-Wallace College. The McDaniel home is at 12349 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights.
Maj. McDaniel had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Army Air Medal and four oak leaf clusters to the Air Medal.

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He is probably the same Abner O. McDaniel who received a Silver Star and who is buried or has a marker at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial, Nettuno, Lazio, Italy.

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