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Robert C McAdams


Interned in Turkey. Shot down on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Horse Fly' #4240267

Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-24 #4124232 'Calaban. ' Prisoner of War (POW).


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    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


  • 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...

  • 42-40267 'Horse Fly'

    B-24 Liberator
    Crew interned in Turkey on Operation TIDAL WAVE, 1 August 1943, Ploesti Romania. ...

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...


Event Location Date
Born Ensley, Alabama
Shot down Germany 11 December 1943

Shot down 11 December 1943 in B-24 41-24232 'Calaban. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Pilot Richard F O'Neill, MACR 1653.


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

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

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;

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

AAM Database.

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

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