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Boyd Newman Adkins Jr


Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF, and earning two aerial victories, Lt. Boyd N. Adkins Jr. of Stiltner, WV, flew 69 combat missions with the 368th FS, 359th FG, from September 1944 through April 1945. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

1 January 1945 mission: "On January 1st we furnished ramrod support for the 1st Force, 1st Air Division, Capt. Ralph L. Brown leading. The target was Magdeburg. Rendezvous was made by “A” Group at 1145 in vicinity of Ratzburg, but we lost the bombers at 1150 when an Me 109 attacked Lt. Billy D. Kasper. In the dog fight that followed Lt. Kasper destroyed this enemy aircraft. We followed the bomber course but were unable to pick up our assigned bombers. “B” Group made R/V with assigned bombers at 1115, East of Meldorf, but immediately lost them when the formation was attacked by two Me 262s and six+ Me 109s. Another Me 262 made a shallow diving attack at “A” group at 1200, in vicinity of Hamburg. All our ships landed safely. Capt. J.B. Hunter’s flight landed on continent at Laon/Couvron airdrome, but returned to home base same day, at which time we learned that Lt. Leonard D. Carter and F/O Boyd N. Adkins Jr. got into a “dog fight" with a FW 190 in vicinity of Havelberg, Germany at 1155. Lt. Carter attacked the enemy aircraft and observed several strikes on him, his canopy clouded up, and F/O Adkins came in and knocked the enemy aircraft down." ~ Excerpt from the 368th Fighter Squadron report dated 31 January 1945.

On 3 April 1945 Adkins was part of a friendly fire incident where yellow flight engaged and fired upon P-51s of the 3rd Scouting Force, after mistaking them for enemy aircraft.

Awards: AM (8OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).



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Units served with

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.


  • 44-11797

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...


Event Location Date
Born Logan County, WV, USA 8 July 1921

Son of Boyd Newman and Bessie [Clark] Adkins.

Lived in Stiltner, WV 25512, USA 1940
Enlisted Charleston, WV, USA 17 August 1942

Charleston, West Virginia

Assigned Wretham, Thetford, Norfolk IP24, UK 9 August 1944 – 24 April 1945

Assigned to 361FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Wretham, Thetford, Norfolk IP24, UK 26 January 1945

Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

Promotion Wretham, Thetford, Norfolk IP24, UK 29 March 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 24 April 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Died Huntington, WV, USA 3 November 2011
Buried Docks Creek Cemetery and Mausoleum Kenova Wayne County WV 6 November 2011

Docks Creek Cemetery and Mausoleum
Wayne County
West Virginia, USA.


Date Contributor Update
26 November 2021 17:58:38 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards and events

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08 May 2019 18:19:56 Janet Fogg Changes to biography

359th Fighter Group Association

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08 May 2019 18:16:37 Janet Fogg Changes to media associations

359th Fighter Group Association

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08 May 2019 18:10:52 Janet Fogg Changes to biography

359th Fighter Group archvies

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13 August 2018 11:29:01 Emily Changes to biography

Information and friendly fire narrative report provided by Pyker

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26 June 2016 12:39:58 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

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27 September 2014 18:04:45 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / Unit History, Jigger, Tinplate & Redcross, The 359th Fighter Group in World War Two