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Adam Champagne

Military

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Medical discharge.

Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24416 'Black Diamond Express'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 326BS/92BG Bangor 16/7/42; 95BG Horham /43; 359BS/303BG [BN-V] Molesworth, 17/6/43; Returned to the USA Sheppard 5/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 26/10/45. BLACK DIAMOND EXPRESS.

  • 41-24561 The Duchess, "Sure Stuff"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-T] Bangor 10/9/42; Molesworth 16/10/42; 59m transferred 1 Base Air Depot (sic),* Burtonwood 7/7/44; Returned to the USA Altus 18/8/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 14/8/45. Over...

  • 41-24605 Knock-out Dropper

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to the 359BS/303BG [BN-R] Bangor 22-Sep-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42; First 8th Air Force aircraft to complete 50, then 75 missions- 27-Mar-44; with M/Sgt Buford Pafford as crew chief; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 5-Jun-44; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-31386 'Sky Duster'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/10/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-W] Molesworth 18/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin (36m) 19/5/44 with Ernie Roth, Navigator: George Bays, Bombardier: Herman Moening, Radio Operator: Earl Buckingham, Ball turret gunner: Ralph...

  • 42-31483 'Bonny-B'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/11/43; Kearney 28/11/43; Bangor 5/12/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-B] Molesworth 1/1/44; 93 missions Missing in Action Stuttgart 5/9/44 with Bill Morgan, Co-pilot: John Parker, Navigator: Abe Wodinsky, Bombardier: Frank Destito,...

  • 42-38050 'Thunder Bird'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/11/43; Syracuse 18/12/43; Presque Isle 22/12/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-U] Molesworth 18/1/44; transferred 384 Grafton Underwood 23/3/45; ret Molesworth 14/4/45; transferred 388BG Knettishall 30/4/45; 116m, retUS Bradley 11/7/45...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Rayne, LA 9 June 1923

Son of Louis and Emma [Simon] Champagne.

Enlisted Lafayette, LA 10 November 1942

Lafayette, Louisiana

Based Molesworth 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Hospitalised April 1944 – November 1946

Contracted Tuberculosis, repatriated, medical discharge.

Discharged USAAF 14 November 1946

Medical discharge.

Died New Orleans, LA 15 May 1947
Buried Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery #1 Rayne, Acadia Parish, LA 18 May 1947

Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery
Rayne,
Acadia Parish, Louisiana

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2021 19:35:37 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/613560876
https://www.fold3.com/image/244451802
https://www.fold3.com/image/317700083
https://www.fold3.com/record/84854945/adam-champagne-wwii-army-enlistmen...
https://www.fold3.com/record/702563783/champagne-adam-us-wwii-hospital-a...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6243196/adam-champagne

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2019 17:04:43 jac59200 Changes to media associations
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Jeff Champagne

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04 January 2019 16:52:03 jac59200 Changes to place associations
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Jeff Champagne

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04 January 2019 16:50:21 jac59200 Changes to biography and events
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Jeff Champagne

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2019 16:43:49 jac59200 Changes to aircraft associations
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Jeff Champagne

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2019 15:44:41 jac59200 Changes to aircraft associations
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Jeff Champagne

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2019 15:41:36 jac59200 Changes to biography and events
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Jeff Champagne

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2019 15:28:50 jac59200 Changes to nickname
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Jeff Champagne

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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