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Eugene Adkins

Military

Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Native of Tennessee, served during WWII in the USAAC. In 1942, he was assigned as the top turret gunner aboard B-17 41-24485 'Memphis Belle', after Levy Dillion was transferred to another squadron. He would go on to fly six missions with the Belle before due to frostbite, being replaced by Harold P Loch. The 'Memphis Belle' would later go on to become the first B-17 of World War Two in the European theatre to fly the required 25 missions, twenty-five being the number of missions before being sent home.

Awards: AM (OLC), Air Force Commendation Medal, American Defense and Campaign Medal, WWII Victory, EAME (3 Bronze Star), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (Bronze Star), Air Force Longevity Service Award (4 OLC).

Post war: Re-enlisted as a M/Sgt with the USAF serving in the Korean war and went on to fly on B-29's, B-50's, B-36's and B-52's eventually retiring in 1961 at the rank of Major.

Service

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. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

Aircraft

  • 41-24485 Memphis Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to the 324th Bomb Squadron/91st Bomb Group [DF-A], Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/10/42; one of first in group to complete 25 missions; Returned to the USA Columbia 25/6/43 for nationwide war bond tour; Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Erwin, TN 37650, USA 21 March 1919

Son of Clingmon David and Myrtle Florence [Gouge] Adkins.

Enlisted Fort McClellan, 1023 Fort McClellan, Anniston, AL 36205, USA 20 December 1940

Fort McClellan, Alabama

Lived in Tennessee, USA 1941
Based Bassingbourn 1942 – August 1943

Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Bassingbourn, Royston SG8, UK 8 August 1943

Received a direct commission to 2nd Lieutenant 8-Aug-43.

Transferred United States September 1943 – 14 November 1945

Served remainder of War as a gunnery officer Stateside.

Discharged United States 14 November 1945

Honourably discharged.

Returned to active duty Kearney, NE, USA 27 November 1945

Returned to active duty as a Master Sergeant 27-Nov-45. Served as crew chief on B-29's. Karney AFB, NE.

Promotion Kearney, NE, USA 14 January 1949

Re-commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant 14-Jan-49.

Promotion Kadena Air Base, 沖縄県 Japan October 1953

Promoted to Captain. Oct-53.

Promotion Altus Air Force Base, Altus AFB, OK 73523, USA January 1960

Promoted to Major. Jan-60.

Died Washington County, TN, USA 3 November 1995
Buried Mountain Home National Cemetery Johnson City Washington County TN 6 November 1995

Mountain Home National Cemetery
Johnson City
Washington County
Tennessee, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 August 2021 18:45:44 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/260479/eugene-adkins

Date Contributor Update
15 August 2021 18:09:25 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid readability.

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2021 15:29:29 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
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Removed # from A/C serial No. to aid clarity and consistency.
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/260479/eugene-adkins

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2021 21:12:53 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2018 00:45:40 jmoore43 Changes to events
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orrected burial burial year per Find-a-grave Memorial # 260479 .

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2018 00:43:38 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Corrected death year and added birth info per Find-a-grave memorial #260479 .

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2016 11:05:25 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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https://airforce.togetherweserved.com/usaf/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd...
http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=1263
https://www.fold3.com/page/529501188_eugene_adkins%20%20(1919)/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/83964935_eugene_adkins/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=260479

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