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John J Adams


Baled out of B-17 #42-30264 'Dorsal Queen' Midair collision with 'Raunchy Wolf' on return from mission near Paris. Plane crashed at Tillingham Hall Farm, Essex. 26 Sept 1943. Adams was the only crewman able to bail out.
He died in March 1977 following a heart operation.


Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 551st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30249 Raunchy Wolf, El Sabo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/43; Gore 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Gt Falls 24/5/43; Kearney 30/5/43; Dow Fd 4/6/43; ...

  • 42-30264 Dorsal Queen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/5/43; Gore 9/5/43; Kearney 10/4/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-S] Gt Ashfield 17/6/43; ...

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...


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Date Contributor Update
03 November 2021 11:47:48 Helen Changes to biography

385thBG newsletter 30 May 1977

Date Contributor Update
26 March 2020 03:14:24 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2017 15:45:59 mvandemark Changes to aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2014 08:53:54 Emily Changes to biography and place associations

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:12 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I. by Bishop & Hey p. 291 / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I. by Bishop & Hey p. 291