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William F Adickes


Assigned to 862BS, 493BG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Richard Lewis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Richard Lewis was a Pilot in the 493rd Bomb Group/862nd Bomb Squadron. He and his original crew were assigned B-24 Serial #42-50650 at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine on 19 May 1944. They flew it to England and probably were on board it for their first...

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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. ...

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 862nd Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38216 Tempest Turner

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8 July 1944; Kearney 18 July 1944; Dow Field 3 August 1944. Assigned 862BS/493BG Debach 4 August 1944. Named by the John I Lewis crew. Transferred 18BS/34BG Mendlesham 1945. Returned to the USA Bradley 26 June 1945. 4168 Base Unit,...

Associated Place

  • Debach

    Military site : airfield
    Debach was one of the last Eighth Air Force heavy bomber bases to be completed. It was built by the 820th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) between late '43 and early '44. Pronounced locally as 'Deb-idge', the base was built to a class A standard with...


Event Location Date
Born Hunterdon County, NJ, USA 1916

Son Edward and Annie [Croth] Adickes.

Enlisted Trenton, NJ, USA 9 January 1941

Trenton, NJ.

Died Pennsylvania, USA 20 May 1975
Buried 95 2nd Lock Rd, Lancaster, PA 17603, USA June 1975

Riverview Burial Park
Lancaster County, PA


Date Contributor Update
15 March 2018 10:44:51 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Key Image ID.

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

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