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Robert Curtis McAdams

Military

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Emden mission 11-Dec-43 in B-24 41-24232 'Calaban' ; A/C hit by falling bombs, crashed near the Emden estuary. Baled out, sole survivor from crew. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1653

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME..

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People

  • Richard O'Neill

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Emden mission 11-Dec-43 in B-24 41-24232 'Calaban' ; A/C hit by falling bombs, crashed near the Emden estuary. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 1653 Awards: PH.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24232 'Calaban'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator #41-24232 'Calaban' of 67th BS, 44th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, diverting safely to Malta. Later lost on 11th Dec 43 raid to Emden Industrial area, pilot Lt. Richard F. O’Neill was known for his violent...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Birmingham, Alabama 4 May 1909

Son of Blanche McAdams.

Enlisted Montgomery, AL 4 January 1941
Lived in Ensley, AL 1942
Based Shipdham 1943 – 11 December 1943

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Shot down Emden, Germany 11 December 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Emden mission 11-Dec-43 in B-24 41-24232 'Calaban' ; A/C hit by falling bombs, crashed near the Emden estuary. POW. MACR 1653

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 11 December 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2019 10:26:38 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28703081
https://www.fold3.com/image/605182769
https://www.fold3.com/record/83968166-robert-c-mcadams

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2017 15:31:46 Lucy May Changes to events and place associations
Sources

Removed information relating to 42-40267 'Horse Fly'. No crew list linking airman to aircraft.

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2017 10:54:32 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
http://8thairforce.com/44thbg/search/perlastname.asp

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 19:48:32 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

AAM Database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1653, MACR 8250, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 219

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