670th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

James Samuel Abbott, III

Capt., Ordnance Officer

November 19, 1918 - November 22, 2009

670th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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France 1945, Capt. Jim Abbott (left) and Capt. Bob Kehres
Marseilles, awaiting transportation to ZI after the war

James Samuel Abbott, III, Passed away at his Gates Mills, Ohio residence November 22nd, 2009. Mr. Abbott was born in Cleveland, Ohio, November 19, 1918. He graduated from University School in 1936 and went to Cornell University where he was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. During WWII, Jim served initially in Cleveland's 107th Calvary, before he went into the US Army's Officer Candidate School. Jim went on to serve as an Aviation Ordnance Officer in the 670th Bomb Squadron of the Army Air Corps in both England and in France and was honorable discharged as a Captain in 1945. Jim returned to Cleveland and joined the National ACME Company, moving to the Chicago office in 1950 and back to Cleveland in 1964. After the merger with Cleveland Twist Drill, he became the manager of the Threading Tool Division until his retirement in 1983. Jim immediately formed his own consulting company, the JSA Consulting Company, and was the exclusive U.S. representative, manager and distributer for the Wilhelm Fette Co. of Hamburg, Germany until he retired again at the age of eighty-five. Another of Jim's accomplishments was his recognition in several editions of Who's Who in American Business, as an authority on Threading Tools, for their design and application. Over the years, Jim had a fascination with cars that lead to his racing them while he was in Chicago. He competed in many road races with his Porsche, restored Alfa Romeos, and became the Regional Governor of the Sports Car Club of America, Chicago Chapter. He was a long time member of the Vintage car Club of America. Genealogy was another of Jim's hobbies. This led to membership in the Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Colonial Wars and service as the Past Governor of the Ohio Chapter of the Founders and Patriots of America. Jim and his wife, Mary, enjoyed the world of antique furniture so much that he went on the serve the Western Reserve Historical Society as a Past Chairman of its American Furniture Collectors organization. Jim was a member of the Mayfield Country Club where he was an active participant in both golf and paddle tennis. Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Mary (nee Torrance) of Gates Mills, OH, his dear son James S. Abbott, IV, (Nancy) of Cleveland Hts., OH, and his dear grandson, James S. Abbott, V. Those who wish may make contributions in his name to The Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland, Ohio 44119, The University School Annual Fund, 2785 SOM Center Rd., Hunting Valley, OH 44022, or an organization of choice. 

"Goin' Home" courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Band