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Mayo Richardson Adams Jr


He was Co-Pilot on the Clifford M. Blue crew on July 4,1944 returning from France in "Twentieth Century" B-17G #42-3000 which had lost 2 engines due to Flak damage. Over England, a third engine lost power. A/C made a wheels up landing in a field behind the house of Miss Cheney, 18 Downview Road, Felpham, Sussex. The crew had tea with Miss Cheney. 10 RTD with 2 injured.
Mayo Richardson had flown as pilot on 42-31043 (according to a January 2003 posting by his niece on the Mighty 8th AF Message Board)



  • Clifford Blue

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Upon landing after a practice formation flight on 2 Feb 1944, the landing gear of B-17 42-38036 collapsed due to a tire blowing out. RTD. ...

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Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 526th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31043 Hells Belle / Elsie Mae

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/9/43; Assigned 381BG Ridgewell 19/10/43; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-L] Kimbolton 3/3/44. Originally nicknamed "Hells Belle", before changing to "Elsie Mae" ...

  • 42-32000 Mojo Jr/ Twentieth Century

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/1/44; Dalhart 26/1/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Grenier 24/2/44. ...

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....


Event Location Date
Born 24 November 1916

Roanoke, Virginia

Lived in 1940

Roanoke, Virginia

Enlisted 2 April 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps in Richmond, Virginia

Buried 2010

Mayo Adams Jr rests at the Fair View Cemetery in Roanoke, Virginia

Died February 2010

Roanoke, Virginia


Date Contributor Update
26 April 2020 19:17:23 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events

Added a "-" to the plane type (B-17G) in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2018 13:37:17 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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SSDI Death records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:58 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000; Wall of Valor form,  Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol.  IV by Bishop & Hey, p p. 27-8 w/ pix of ac