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John Joseph Adair

Military

Assigned to 575BS, 391BG, 8AF USAAF. Bomb/Nav of “Silver Dollar,” B-26C 42-107671, shot down about 30 miles south of their target, the railroad viaduct at Ahrweiler, Germany. 23-Dec-44. A/C last seen with starboard engine feathered and port engine ablaze. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11661.

Sole survivor despite the rest of the crew baling out sucessfully, he ended up hung up in a tree, to be later found by Wehrmacht soldiers, stating that he heard small arms fire after he landed and was convinced his crewmates were shot by SS troops.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Remained in USAF rising to rank of Major.

Service

People

  • James Gatlin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 391st Bomb Group
    1st Lieutenant James L. Gatlin was born August 9, 1919. His next of kin were his aunt, Jessie G. Faircloth, and a cousin, Ruth N. Taylor. He was from Jacksonville, Florida. ...

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Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 391st Bomb Group

    391st Bomb Group

    Group
    "The heaviest losses sustained by the 391st Bombardment Group in a single operation occurred on 23 December 1944, after an attack on the railroad viaduct at Ahrweiler, Germany (11). Upon completion of the second bomb run, the formation was attacked by...

  • 575th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107671

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 575BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to railroad viaduct at Ahrweiler, Germany. Shot down about 30 miles south of the target, 23-Dec-44. Hit in the bomb bay by flak and attacked by enemy A/C, last seen with...

Associated Place

  • Matching

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1943 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Matching was transferred to the Ninth Air Force and first occupied in January 1944 by the 391st Bomb Group, equipped with B-26s. The station had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 28 March 1919
Enlisted Los Angeles, CA, USA 15 June 1942
Based Matching 1944 – 23 December 1944

Assigned to 575BS, 391BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) 85368 Moosburg, Germany 23 December 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft 7a.

Shot down Kirchweiler, Germany 23 December 1944

Shot down about 30 miles south of their target, the railroad viaduct at Ahrweiler, Germany. 23-Dec-44. A/C last seen with starboard engine feathered and port engine ablaze. POW. MACR 11661.

Buried Riverside, CA, USA October 1990

Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside
Riverside County
California, USA

Died Riverside County, CA, USA 22 October 1990

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2016 11:26:18 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/46705492
https://www.fold3.com/page/84995388_john_j%20adair/details/
http://pilotonline.com/news/military/serviceman-s-journey-home-brings-fa...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=255478

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