Arthur I Adams

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

26-Jul-42 Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 41-24563 [PU-H] "Garbage", 303BG/360BS with crew at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK, aboard "Garbage".

11-Nov-42 as Pilot of B-17F 41-24563 'Garbage', the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with RAF Anson EF939, and made a forced "belly" landing at Luton, UK. There were no injuries but the aircraft was Damaged Beyond Repair and eventually salvaged for parts. Poor weather conditions contributed to accident on landing 'Garbage'.

Sometime between 18-Nov-42 and 30-Dec-42 he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and held that rank when he flew the mission of 30-Dec-42 as Pilot of B-17F 42-1973 "Iza Vailable". Effective 1-Jan-43 he was promted to Captain.

Shot down 3 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24620 'Snap! Crackle! Pop!' while serving as Pilot. Aircraft crashed into the Forest of Escoublac, France, west of St. Nazaire. Their target was the U/B (submarine base) at St. Nazaire, France. Killed in Action (KIA). No burial record has been located.

Participated in 3 Operations (1 was aborted) See Biography events.

Connections

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Units served with

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Garbage
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Yardbird II
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Snap! Crackle! Pop!
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
Two airmen of the 303rd Bomb Group admire the nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Iza Vailable". Printed caption removed from reverse. On reverse: Keystone Press Agency, 'Sacred' and U.S. Official Photograph O.W.I. [Stamps].
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Iza vailable
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 9 November 1942
  • Official Description: VIII BC attacks U-boat base at Saint-Nazaire from reduced altitude. 12 B-24’s at 17,500 to 18,300 ft suffer little AA damage, but 31 B-17’s at 7,500 to 10,000 ft lose 3 of their number and have 22 damaged by AA fire. This ends experiment with low...
  • Date: 30 December 1942
  • Official Description: 40 HBs hit submarine base at Lorient, which now shows cumulative effect of repeated bombardment.

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

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Assigned to Aircraft

Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 26 July 1942 Assigned as Pilot of B-17F 41-24563 "Garbage", 303BG/360BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Other

Arrived in UK

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 16 October 1942 Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Pilot aboard B-17F 41-24563 "Garbage", 303BG/360BS.

Other

Aircraft Accident

Luton, Luton, UK 11 November 1942 While flying serving a Pilot of B-17F 41-24563 "Garbage", 303BG/360BS on a training mission, the aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with an RAF aircraft. He was forced to make a belly landing at Luton, UK. There were no injuries but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Other

Promotion in Rank

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 18 November 1942 - 30 December 1942 Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Other

Mission #1, 2LT Arthur I. Adams, w/B-17F 41-24602, 303BG/360BS - Aborted

Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942 Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24602 "Yardbird II" on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #2, 2LT Arthur I. Adams, w/B-17F 42-2973, 303BG/360BS

Lorient, France 30 December 1942 Served as Pilot of B-17F 42-2973 "Iza Vailable", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Other

Promoted in Rank

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 1 January 1942 Promoted to the rank of Captain.

Other

Mission #3, 2LT Arthur I. Adams, w/B-17F 41-24620, 303BG/360BS - KIA

Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1942 Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle! Pop!, 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. The aircraft was shot down and he was Killed in Action (KIA).

Other

Killed in Action (KIA)

Bois d'Escoublac, 44500 La Baule-Escoublac, France 3 January 1942 Killed when aircraft sustained damage from AA fire and fighter attacks and crashed into the Forest of Escoublac, France. His remains were never recovered.

Revisions

Date25 Jan 2016 00:11:07
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Correcting date error.

Date24 Jan 2016 23:58:20
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Correcting typos in Aircraft Accident note.

Date24 Jan 2016 22:56:58
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf
Added Promoted in Rank (Captain) event per Arthur I. Adams crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date24 Jan 2016 22:50:29
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Arthur I. Adams crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date24 Jan 2016 22:44:21
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date24 Jan 2016 22:38:15
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Added Promoted in Rank event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Arthur I. Adams crw page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date24 Jan 2016 22:35:45
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Added Aircraft Accident event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Arthur I. Adams crw page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date24 Jan 2016 22:30:29
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Arthur I. Adams crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date24 Jan 2016 22:27:41
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Arthur I Adams crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date24 Jan 2016 22:25:14
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 24-Jan-2016. Added iniial assignment and promotion info to Summary Biography; made connections to AIrcraft and Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Arthur I Adams crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-adams.html

Date15 Jan 2015 20:30:17
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 15-Jan-2015. Added SN and KIA event per MACR 15464; made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; edited description to include crash location per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:04:06
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 61, WWII Memorial web site, MACR 15464 / MACR 15464 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database