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Chester Adams


11-Mar-44 Shot down by AA fire in B-17G 42-97484, 447BG/710BS while serving as Navigator. Aircraft crashed in the North Sea shore off Haamstede, Holland on a mission to Munster, Germany on 11 Mar 1944. Most aircrew landed on sandbank at low tide, but their pleas for help to German workers and soldiers as tide came in were ignored and they all drowned. After war searches for those responsible failed. Killed in Action MACR 3188.


Units served with

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 710th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97484

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 29-Nov-43; Kearney, Nebraska 15-Dec-43; Presque Isle, Maine 23-Dec-43; Assigned 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 4-Jan-44. ...


  • 8th Air Force 255

    11 March 1944
    This mission is compsed of two separate elements. The first element is despatched to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany as the primary target. The attack is made by B-17s from 1st Air Division. 3rd Air Division also sends B-17s to...

Associated Place

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...


Event Location Date
Born Sciotoville, Ohio, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) 4328 Haamstede, Netherlands 11 March 1944

He baled out of the aircraft and landed on a sandbar with most of the rest of the crew. These pleaded with nearby civilians and German soldiers to rescue them as the tide was coming in. All ended up being drowned. His remains have never been recovered.


Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 20:00:46 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 23-Feb-2016. Edited Summary Biography with loss details; Added Service Number and decorations; Made connections to Place and Mission; Added KIA note per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE and MACR 3188

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:07 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3188 / MACR 3188, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database