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Albert A Adams

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On 6 Mar 1944 on a mission to Erkner, Berlin, B-17F #42-31025 left formation over the target due to the mechanical failure of the #4 engine and on the return was attacked fighters knocking out another engine but was able to return and land at a base near Norfolk. Four wounded crewmen baled out over Holland. RTD.

AM 3OLC, DFC,

Shot down by fighters and crashed near Macquenoise, Belgium on a mission to Frankfurt am Main on 8 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31499. Killed in Action (KIA).

From a letter written by George's parents to the other crew's families to inform them what had happened to their sons: 'The eight fliers were living in a hut that belonged to a Belgian farmer, who was helping the boys by sending them food and clothing. This farmer's son and another Belgian stayed in the camp with the boys the night of the 21st and, of course, were captured with the boys. The boys had just finished breakfast when they were captured. It was about 8:00am. The boys were taken to the second floor of a school house in Chimay and were stripped of all their identification. When the boys were captured, they all had their dog taks and were in civilian clothes with the exception of our son, George, who had on his Army pants, Army shirt and Air Corps leather jacket and Banniger, who had on Army pants and Air Corps shirt. The boys were questioned two or three hours in the school house. About 2:30pm on 22 April 1944 the boys were put in a truck guarded by Germans and taken back to a section of the woods where they were ordered to line up single file at the edge of the woods. Two Germans with pistols were behind each boy. The boys were ordered to march into the woods with the Germans behind them. After they had gone about 500 ft in the woods, each boy was ordered to take a separate direction, the two Germans still behind each boy. At a predetermined signal, the Germans shot each of the boys through the back three or four times and then left them dead in the woods. ' After the war the German on-scene Commander was tried in a war crimes court and executed.

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  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Rochester, New York 20 October 1916
Died 8 February 1944
Buried

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2014 08:47:26 Emily Changes to service number
Sources

Data Update, National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, 15 September 2014

Date Contributor Update
10 October 2014 09:59:47 Emily Changes to highest rank, role and place associations
Sources

Data update from National Museum of Mighty Eighth Air Force, September 15 2014.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces, First Over Germany pg. 175 & 223, / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2493, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces; First Over Germany: The History of the 306th Bombardment Group pg. 201-202. / http://www.306bg.org/crewphotos/Crew%20Pictures%20Adam-Rector/Crew%20Pic...

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