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Richard Douglas Adams

Military

Shot down 8 November 1942 in B-17F-10-BO 41-24472 while serving as Pilot. Evaded. He reported to the American Consulate Gibraltar 21 April 1943 and returned to England on 23-Apr-43.

Service

Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24472

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24472 was assigned 369BS/306BG Westover 19-August-1942; Thurleigh 2-October-1942. The aircraft was shot down 8-Nov-42 by enemy fighters and AA fire while on a mission to bomb the Actlier d' Hellemmes locomotive factory at Lille, France. The...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 17

    8 November 1942
    Two Primary (P) targets are the objects of this mission: the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France and the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille, France. 91BG despatches 15 B-17s to Abbeville and 301BG and 306BG despatch a combined...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 4 August 1916
Evaded Capture 8 November 1942 – 24 April 1943

Evaded capture and returned to England on 24-Apr-1943. The evasion is documented on Escape & Evasion Report #26 which may be viewed at http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-26.pdf

Died 5 April 1971

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2017 20:12:04 dmuir.usmc Changes to middlename and highest rank
Sources

I am the grandson of Richard D. Adams. I am a new member, and am researching and trying to find out more about his flight.

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2014 22:17:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Nov-2014. Connection to aircraft per MACR 16133.

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2014 20:46:36 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Nov-2014. Added Evasion event. National Archives Records Administration (NARA) Escape & Evasion Report #26 http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-26.pdf

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2014 21:34:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 29-Oct-2014, Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 16133. National Archives Records Administration (NARA) E&E Report #26: http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-26.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2014 08:59:06 Emily Changes to events and place associations
Sources

Added DOB

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2014 08:58:16 Emily Changes to biography
Sources

"Roll of Honor,  Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs  Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 44 , MACR 16133, First Over Germany pg 2 & 40-42, http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-26.pdf"

Data Update, National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, 15 September 2014.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor,  Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs  Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 44 , MACR 16133, First Over Germany pg 2 & 40-42

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