The B-24 number 41-29599 named BOOTS took off at 2331 on 4 July 1944 from Harrington, UK to deliver supplies to the French resistance (Operation Peter). The plane was shot down by flak over Lagney le Sec, France, at 2am on the morning of 5 July. The entire crew of ten was killed. MACR 6991. S/Sgt Abate was a machine gunner. He is front row, second from left in the picture.