Adam J Wunderlich

Military
media-7409.jpeg UPL 7409 Crew #730
Adam Wunderlich Crew
466th BG - 787th BS
B-24E-20-FO #42-7193 "Alma-Mi-Amor" - 212 Combat Crew Training Squadron (stateside)

Standing Left to Right: Robert Borst (B), Adam Wunderlich (P), Russell Olson (CP), Milton Debkin (N)

Kneeling LEft to Right: Harry R. Thomas (TTG), Charles E. Thompson (FE), Frank C. Church (R/O), Ralph W. Fleming (BTG), William Mallory (TG), William C. Myers (NG)

Everyone on this crew except for Borst were KIA when their aircraft, B-24H-25-FO #42-95084 "Bird Dog" crashed shortly after takeoff on 13 July 1944. It was bad weather and the aircraft appears to be in a spin when it hit the ground 12 miles ESE or Rackheath. Borst was away at DR Navigation school.

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

Object Number - UPL 7409 - Crew #730 Adam Wunderlich Crew 466th BG - 787th BS B-24E-20-FO #42-7193 "Alma-Mi-Amor" - 212 Combat Crew Training Squadron...

KIA while taking off on 3rd combat mission on 13 July 1944 in very bad weather on B-24 "Bird Dog" that was one of the last planes to take off. Appeared that they spun in on instruments, coming down in the Rackheath area, 12 miles ESE

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Units served with

Three little girls hold up a balloon celebrating the 100th mission of the 466th Bomb Group in front of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95592) nicknamed "Black Cat". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'On our 100 Mission party Day- 18 Aug 1944, Attlebridge, 466th- wouldn't it be something if we could identify these girls? How could I do it?'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-716705
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-716383
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33633153
  • Highest Rank: Technician Fourth Grade
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15078777
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33733666
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Nose Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Bird Dog
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 785th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Aerial photograph of Attlebridge airfield, looking north, the fuel store and a T2 hangar are in the upper centre, 31 January 1946. Photograph taken by No. 90 Squadron, sortie number RAF/3G/TUD/UK/51. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Attlebridge Arsenal, Station 120

Events

Event Location Date Description

Enlisted

New York, NY, USA 14 September 1942

Died

Tunstall, Norwich, Norfolk NR13, UK 13 July 1944 Takeoff for the 13 July 1944 mission started at 5:30 a.m. in very bad weather. The Wunderlich Crew were one of the last crews to take off. No one is sure what happened but it appears shortly after takeoff they became disoriented and spun into the ground while on instruments. Crash occurred 12 miles SE of the airfield near Rackheath. All nine crew members on board "Bird Dog" were KIA. The crew were on their 4th combat mission.
New York, NY, USA 1279 3rd Ave

Buried/ Commemorated

Plot C Row 1 Grave 37 Cambridge American Cemetery Cambridge, England

Born

Queens County, NY, USA

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466th BG Historian

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Attlebridge Arsenal

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom & Brassfield, page 352, 273

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