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Luther E Adair Jr


Prisoner of War (POW). 26 June 1943, B-17 #42-3188 'Miss Carriage' was attacked by fighters, left formation and exploded. Crashed near Bernay, France. Missing Air Crew Report #15567


Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 544th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-3188 Miss Carriage

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/43; Dow Fd 25/5/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-F] Grafton Underwood 9/6/43; Missing in Action Villacoublay 26/6/43 with Tom Cuddeback, Co-pilot: Luther Adler, Bombardier: Jim Dillon, Radio Operator: Philip Fink, Ball turret gunner...


  • VIII Bomber Command 68

    26 June 1943
    The targets for today are all Luftwaffe installations: the Villacoublay air depot SW of Paris, France is the primary; the airfield at Poissy, France is attacked as the secondary because of cloud cover; the airfield at Tricqueville, France; and the...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born 4 October 1921
Enlisted Dallas, TX, USA 7 February 1941

Residence: Dallas County, Texas
Private, Air Corps
Enlisted ASN: 18033590

assigned 11 March 1943

Assigned to the 384th BG on Gowen Field (Boise, Idaho) Special Orders #70 dated 11 march 1943, Thomas A. Cuddeback Crew.

Prisoner Of War Germany 26 June 1943 – May 1945

POW Camp: Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11

Died 8 March 1991

Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside County
California, USA
Plot: 26, 0, 789


Date Contributor Update
26 March 2020 02:22:02 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

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06 January 2017 02:28:24 bombercommand Changes to media associations

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16 June 2015 21:24:10 bombercommand Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations

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27 September 2014 18:19:25 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15568, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 165 ,