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Joseph A Adams


Bailed out over England 17 May 1943 from B-17 #42-29745. Lt. Joseph A. Adams, (bombardier) was one of 5 survivors of that mission along with Sgt. Lyle G Colby (Engineer), Lt. Sydney D Lovitt (Navigator), Lt. David C. Cox (Co-Pilot) and Lt. Varney D. Cline. The five who bailed out over the channel were: Henry Kowalik (Radio Operator), Edward M. Sturges (Ball Turret), Vernon H Careins (Waist Gunner), Alexander J. McKinney (Waist Gunner) & Joseph R. Penfield (Tail Gunner) (Source with photo of survivors "JOHN BURN ONE-ZERO-FIVE..." William Donald Pub. 2005 GMS Enterprises


Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29745 Pappys Hellions II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/2/43; Salina 2/3/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-M] Chelveston 16/4/43; Missing in Action Lorient 17/5/43 with Capt Varney Cline, Co-pilot: Dave Cox, Navigator: Sid Lovitt, Bombardier: Joe Adams, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Lyle...


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Date Contributor Update
26 April 2020 19:12:04 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2016 23:16:27 sturgj Changes to biography and events

William Donald with whom I have corresponded and forwarded my information on my Uncle and the news clippings, published a photo in his book on the 305 BG on page 71 of the 5 survivors of the May 17, 1943 flight who bailed out over land and not in the Channel and were not KIA on that mission. The book is "John Burn One-Zero-Five..." The story of Chelvestorn Airfield and the 305th Bomb Group in Pictures. Published by GMS Enterprises in 2005

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:03 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15545 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database