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Joseph R Adamiak


30 December 1943 on mission to IGF factory at Ludwigshaven. In B-17 #42-39780 'Little Twink'

On bomb run, A/C hit by flak and lost #3 engine. Hit by flak again over Frankfurt and unable to keep in formation, RAF escorted A/C to Hawkinge where A/C crash landed. Unfortunately only 7 crew members baled out but parachutes failed to open, 5 KIA, 5 RTD.


Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 510th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-39780 Little Twink

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 29/8/43; Scott 22/10/43; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 26/10/43; transferred 510BS/351BG [TU-S] Polebrook 18/11/43; 4m Ludwigshaven 30/12/43 with Joe Adamiak, Co-pilot: W. Crockett, Bombardier: W.Kelder,ro-C. Davis,Tail gunner:...


Date Contributor Update
17 June 2021 15:48:14 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:31 AAM AAM ingest

Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol.  I, p. 449

  / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia