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Thomas Jefferson Adams

Military

Crew member of B-24 Liberator 41-23810 'Tarfu', flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya.

Later flew on 4-Jan-44 mission to Kiel, Germany. A/C hit by flak damaging controls, causing loss of control. A/C crashed 2 Km southwest of Süderschmedeby, south of Frensburg, Germany. POW. MACR 8342.

Statement from T/Sgt Thomas J. Adams:
"Our plane crashed because the control cables had been shot in two by anti-aircraft fire. Of course the plane went down in a spin, and there was not much time to get out, therefore we that were in good condition could not aid those that had been wounded and could not help themselves. The aircraft crashed 2 km southwest of Suderschmedeby, south of Flensburg, Germany.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Andrew Reynolds

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Pilot of B-24 Liberator #41-23810 'Tarfu'. Flew on 4th Jan 44 mission to Kiel, Germany. A/C hit by flak damaging controls, causing loss of control. A/C crashed 2 Km southwest of Süderschmedeby, south of Frensburg, Germany. POW. MACR 8342.

  • Andrew Reynolds

    Military | 93rd Bomb Group

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron
  • 409th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23810 Tarfu

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-23810, named, Tarfu, flew on Operation Tidal Wave, the bombing mission to destroy the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The aircraft returned safely to Libya. 1 Aug 43. ...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

Associated Place

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lafayette County, MS 11 December 1919

Son of James W Adams.

Enlisted Camp Shelby, MS 31 July 1942

Camp Shelby, Mississippi

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, returning safely to Libya

Prisoner of War POW Flensburg, Germany 4 January 1944

4th Jan 44 mission to Kiel, Germany. A/C hit by flak damaging controls, causing loss of control. A/C crashed 2 Km southwest of Süderschmedeby, south of Frensburg, Germany. POW. MACR 8342.

Died 26 December 1971
Buried Memphis National Cemetery Memphis, Shelby County, TN 28 December 1972

Memphis National Cemetery
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2021 14:05:36 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28696658
https://www.fold3.com/image/658384831
https://www.fold3.com/record/87944426/thomas-j-adams-wwii-army-enlistmen...
https://www.fold3.com/record/716056824/adams-thomas-j-u-s-veterans-grave...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/259117/thomas-j-adams
Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2020 01:58:23 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
31 August 2016 16:24:04 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number, biography, events and unit associations
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Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- ABMC;
- MACR 8342;
- ,Losses of 8th AF ;
- the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 13:30:09 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM Database / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 8342

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 8342 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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