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James Donald Adams




  • Joseph Czech

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 416th Bomb Group

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  • Wethersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Planned in 1942 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Wethersfield was then supposed to be loaned to the RAF in 1943, but was re-allocated to the Ninth Air Force by the time it was complete. Built during 1943-44, it had three concrete runways, 49 loop...


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Born Newstead, New York 7 March 1918
Lived in Niagra Falls, New York 16 October 1940

510 6th Street

Enlisted Buffalo, New York 12 March 1942
Died Minneapolis, Minnesota 6 June 2005

im graduated from Purdue University in 1942 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. During World War II he was a member of the 416th Bomb Group and flew 65 combat missions in the European Theatre of Operations earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal (13 Oak Leaf Clusters). After the war, Jim returned to the Niagara area, and was married to Betty (Terryberry) for eighteen years. He obtained his professional engineering license in 1948 and was employed at Hooker Co. (1946-1947), Moore Business Forms, Inc. (1947-1949) and Oldbury Electro-Chemical Co. (1949-1954). In 1954 he went into business with his father and together they built many residences in the Lewiston/Niagara Falls area. In 1961 Jim started working for the Niagara Falls Board of Education as Director for School Planning, Operations and Maintenance where he remained until he retired. Jim was also active in the Lewiston Kiwanis Club during the years when the "Peach Festival" was started in Lewiston and he was a member of the Niagara Frontier Country Club in Youngstown, NY. Jim remarried in 1964 to Muriel (Gauthier). They retired to Carolina Trace Country Club in Sanford, NC in 1986 where they resided until her death in 2003.

Buried Lewiston, New York 9 June 2005

Riverdale Cemetery
Lewiston, Niagara County, New York, USA


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