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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
Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial

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