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Robert E Adamina

Military

Robert Adamina served as a pilot with the 82nd Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group. He was shot down on 14 May 1943 in P-47C (serial number 41-6198). He became involved in a dogfight with FW190's in support of B-17s. He came down in North Sea near Belgian coast and was rescued by a German boat. Taken as a Prisoner of War (POW), he was imprisoned at Stalag Luft 3.

Capt Adamina was the 78th Fighter Group's first loss.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory.

Service

Units served with

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. It flew all three of the USAAF's principal fighters. On D-Day every available Thunderbolt provided air cover to the Allied...

  • 82nd Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-6198

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ditched in the sea off Belgium, following a dog fight near Antwerp. Capt Robert E Adamina POW. 14-May-43.

  • 41-6219 'Ajax / Rocket Jo'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Robert E Adamina, re-assigned to Capt William E May. Transferred war weary to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Crash Landing Structural Failure Atcham, written off 8-Sep-44.

Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born California 5 August 1917
Lived in Alameda, CA, USA 1940
Enlisted Presidio, San Francisco, CA, USA 26 November 1940
Based Duxford 11 May 1942 – 14 May 1943

Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22, UK 4 October 1942

Promoted to Captain.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 14 May 1943 – 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Shot down North Sea off Belgium 14 May 1943

Shot down in dogfight with Fw190's on support mission for bombing mission. Baled into North Sea, rescued/captured.
14-May-43. POW.

Died Palm Desert, CA, USA 30 October 1996

Palm Desert, CA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 June 2016 10:28:23 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=adamina
https://www.fold3.com/page/74362188_robert_e%20adamina/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/84941721_robert_e%20adamina/details/

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2015 10:57:24 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, events and place associations
Sources

Combined two entries for Robert Adamina, This entry now includes information from the following source:
Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

See Little Friends website for further aircraft details and for a photo of Adamina:
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/78thfg.php?action=list_records&sort_order...

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/gallery.php?Group=78&Style=searchItem&Ite...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:09 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 & 9th AFs Vol. I p. 120 by Bishop and Hey, with picture in plane, NARA POW

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