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Robert H Ade


Killed in Action (KIA). Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 41-24459 'Hellsapoppin. ' According to Havelaar, the target was the Fukke Wolf aircraft factory. Fighters and flak were heavy and the 401st BS was hit especially hard.


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24459 Hellsapoppin

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-B] Bangor 2/9/42; Bassingbourn 1/10/42; Missing in Action Bremen 17/4/43 with John Wilson, Waist gunner: Walt Bohaczyk, Ball turret gunner: Gil Andrews, Waist gunner: Cliff Cadle,Tail gunner: Bob Ade; (5 Killed in Action); Co...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Killed in Action 17 April 1943

Plot B Row 32 Grave 26, Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium


Date Contributor Update
30 October 2017 14:58:57 Lucy May Changes to awards, events and place associations

Date Contributor Update
06 July 2016 11:27:56 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations

Merged with duplicate record to include information from:
- the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- MACR 15520

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2016 12:16:10 Wex_AdamSterecki Changes to events

taken from

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:30 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15520, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 p. 105, The Ragged Irregulars of Bassingbourn by Havelaar p. 37, ABMC, NARA