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Lyle Arjean Adrianse


Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. 101 x combat missions. Transferred after promotion to HQ Sqn 65th Fighter Wing.

Awards: DFC (2OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).


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. ...

  • 65th Fighter Wing

    65th Fighter Wing

    Browse 65th Fighter Wing photographs and other documents in the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library digital archive here:

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 63rd Fighter Squadron
  • Headquarters (65th Fighter Wing)


  • 41-6362 'The Michigan Mauler'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 42-8488 'Lofty'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 87ATC, 27ATG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Lyle A Adrianse.

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Saffron Walden

    Military site : non-airfield
    Headquarters 65th Fighter Wing. Exact location unknown.


Event Location Date
Born Grandville, MI 12 August 1920

Son of Lynn Arjean and Harriet A [Minderhout] Adriance.

Enlisted Fort Custer Dr, Michigan, USA 1 November 1941

Fort Custer, Michigan

Assigned Boxted, Colchester, Essex, UK October 1943 – 27 February 1944

Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Halesworth, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19, UK 20 October 1943

Taxiing Accident Halesworth/Sta 365 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Lyle A Adrianse, 20-Oct-43.

63FS 56FG 8AF.

Promotion Boxted, Colchester, Essex, UK February 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Transferred Saffron Walden, Saffron Walden, Essex, UK 27 February 1944 – 1945

Transferred after promotion to HQ Sqn 65th Fighter Wing.

Crashed Merced, CA, USA 18 January 1945

Landing Accident Merced AAF California Cat BL damage, pilot Capt Lyle A Adrianse, 18-Jan-45.

AT-6C 42-4012 - 3026AAFBU WFTC

Died Morro Bay, CA 28 February 2018
Buried Los Osos Valley Memorial Park Los Osos, San Luis Obispo County, CA March 2018

Los Osos Valley Memorial Park
Los Osos, San Luis Obispo County, California


Date Contributor Update
13 November 2021 16:36:22 Al_Skiff Changes to awards and events

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2021 16:34:02 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography and events

Date Contributor Update
31 August 2016 16:39:07 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
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- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
26 June 2016 17:59:13 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:26 AAM AAM ingest

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