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Robert H Adams

Military

Robert H. Adams flew many missions with the 323rd Bomb Group. Promoted to Captain he was Pilot of B-26 Serial 42-107588 on the 14 January 1945 mission to bomb the bridge at Steinebrück, Saint-Vith, Belgium.
On page 4 of MACR 11926, Captain Adams states that "shortly after leaving the I.P. (Initial Point), we encountered accurate heavy Flak. We took evasive action until we had about a one minute bomb run left. After making 2 course corrections, 107588 was hit by a very close burst of Flak and a fire broke out immediately between my rudder pedals. As the ship was knocked partially out of control, the bombing run was spoiled." Adams called to the crew to prepare to bail out, and at that time, the bombs went away. The Navigator bailed out immediately and the Bombardier came out of the nose. "As the Bombardier passed me, I waited a few seconds and started to follow him. The Bombardier had trouble with his chute, so I returned to the controls. The fire drove me to the Co-Pilot’s seat where I continued to fly until the Bombardier was able to jump. I followed him after an unknown interval." Captain Adams adds that he landed about 3 miles inside the American lines and was not made prisoner.
For his action that day, Captain Adams was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (DSC) :
"The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert H. Adams, Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-26 Medium Bomber in the 453d Bombardment Squadron, 323d Bombardment Group (M), Ninth Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 14 January 1945, against enemy ground targets in Europe. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Adams on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces." [ Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 37 (1945) ]
Promoted to Major, Robert Adams was piloting a 323rd BG/453rd aircraft that left the Gablingen (Augsburg, Germany) airfield on August 16, 1945 and was killed “in the line of duty” on that day. The plane (a “Gotha” ? - Serial unknown) crashed near Haunstetten (airfield), to the South of Augsburg. As the Gotha was an all-wing German model, it is probable he was flying it in some test flight ? Major Adams was initially buried, probably in Germany, and his remains were brought to the US for interment at the Riga cemetery in Churchville, New York, United States on December 21, 1948.

Service

People

  • Warren Anderson

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 323rd Bomb Group
    Captain Warren Anderson was Bombardier on B-26 Serial 42-107588 hit by Flak on the 14 January 1945 mission to bomb the bridge at Steinebrück, Saint-Vith, Belgium. In the Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 11926, Captain Anderson mentions he was immediately...

  • George Burnett Jr

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 323rd Bomb Group
    Captain George Burnett Jr was Navigator on B-26 Serial 42-107588, hit by Flak on the 14 January 1945 mission to bomb the bridge at Steinebrück, Saint-Vith, Belgium. Wounded, he was captured - Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Jack Pippin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 323rd Bomb Group
    Jack Pippin was Radio Operator/Gunner on B-26 Serial 42-107588 hit by Flak on the 14 January 1945 mission to bomb the bridge at Steinebrück, Saint-Vith, Belgium. MACR 11926. Captured, he was a Prisoner of War (POW) and interned in Stalag Luft 3, from...

  • Louis Prejean

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Armorer; Gunner | 323rd Bomb Group
    Louis Prejean was armorer/gunner on B-26 Serial 42-107588 on the 14 January 1945 mission to bomb the bridge at Steinebrück, Saint-Vith, Belgium. In his statement in MACR 11926, Captain Warren Anderson, bombardier on 107588 that day, mentions that,...

  • Virgil Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 323rd Bomb Group
    Virgil Smith was Engineer / Top Turret gunner on the 14 January 1945 mission to bomb the bridge at Steinebrück, Saint-Vith, Belgium. B-26 Serial 42-107588. MACR 11926. ...

  • Jerome Yosick

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / GEE Navigator on this mission | 323rd Bomb Group
    Jerome Yosick was Co-Pilot and GEE Navigator on B-26 Serial 42-107588 on the 14 January 1945 mission to bomb the bridge at Steinebrück, Saint-Vith, Belgium. He is reported as Killed in Action (KIA), but the cause of his death is not known. He rests at...

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Units served with

  • 323rd Bomb Group

    323rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 323rd Bombardment Group operated with B-26 Marauders, American medium bombers. They were the first Eighth Air Force Group to fly a medium level bombing mission with this aircraft on 16 July 1943. After flying a total of 33 missions with the Eighth,...

  • 453rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107588

    B-26 Marauder
    42-107588 was the lead ship on the mission of the 453rd to bomb the wooden bridge over the Our River at Steinebrück, near Saint-Vith, Belgium on 14 January 1945. In the Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 11926 -, Lt Mitchell E. Mussman, flying in number 3...

Missions

  • 792

    14 January 1945

Events

Event Location Date
Born Riga, New York, United States 22 July 1916
Enlisted Rochester, New York, United States April 1942
Died near Haunstetten, Augsburg, Germany 16 August 1945

Killed “in the line of duty” on that day. The plane (a “Gotha” ? - Serial unknown) crashed near Haunstetten, to the South of Augsburg.

Buried Riga cemetery in Churchville, New York, United States 21 December 1948

Major Adams was probably first buried in Germany and his remains were brought to the US for interment at the Riga cemetery in Churchville, New York, United States on December 21, 1948.

Lived in Churchville, New York, United States

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 September 2015 08:30:58 ED-BB Changes to person associations
Sources

Connections to crew members for whom new pages were created

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2015 13:38:10 ED-BB Changes to biography, awards and events
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MACR 11926
Personal research on plane and crew

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2015 08:55:23 ED-BB Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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MACR 11926

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