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Fletcher Eugene Adams

Military

Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Nine confirmed kills. Failed to Return (FTR) from bomber escort mission to Bernburg, section bounced out of the sun by four Bf109's. Shot down near Celle in P-51B 43-12468. Baled out safely only to become the 1st American to be murdered by civilians on the ground. KIA. MACR 5200.

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Units served with

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 362nd Fighter Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

Aircraft

  • 43-12468 'The Southern Belle'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from bomber escort mission to Bernburg, section bounced out of the sun by four Bf109's. Shot down near Celle. Pilot Capt Fletcher E Adams baled out safely only to become the 1st American to be...

Associated Place

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ida, LA 71044, USA 2 August 1921

Son of Noel Loyd and Blanche [Shaw] Adams.

Lived in Rodessa, LA 71069, USA 1940
Enlisted Louisiana, USA 23 December 1940
Promotion Leiston, Leiston, Suffolk IP16, UK 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Assigned Leiston, Leiston, Suffolk IP16, UK 18 March 1943 – 30 May 1944

Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Half Moon Bay, CA, USA 28 August 1943

Mid Air Collision with Towed Target 4 Miles Sth Half Moon Bay Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Fletcher E Adams, 28-Aug-43.

P-39L 42-4687 - 362FS 357FG

Promotion Leiston, Leiston, Suffolk IP16, UK 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Died Celle, Germany 30 May 1944

Shot down near Celle in P-51B 43-12468. Baled out safely only to become the 1st American to be murdered by civilians on the ground. KIA. MACR 5200.

Buried Germany 1945
Buried Ida, LA 71044, USA 1949

Remains were returned to his hometown in the summer of 1949 and he now rests in the family plot with his mother and father.

Bethsaida Cemetery, Ida
Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 June 2016 15:16:40 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=adams
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Adams%2C+Fletcher+E
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=5200
https://www.fold3.com/image/28640781
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Adams&GSfn=Fletche...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5200 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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