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Donald Earl Adams


Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. 2 x missions. Credited with 2 destroyed and 2 damaged (ground).

Post war: Returned to the US after duty in Occupation Forces Jun-47. Remained in USAF flying both F-80 Shooting Stars and F-86E Sabre jets. Deployed to Korea in F-86E Sabre jets with the 16th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 51st Fighter Interceptor Group, credited with 6.5 MIG jet kills and 3.5 damaged. Killed whilst flying an F-89C Scorpion near Detroit Airport at an airshow 30-Aug-52.


Units served with

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 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...

  • 343rd Fighter Squadron
  • 62nd Fighter Squadron


  • 44-63231

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major Eugene E Ryan. Re-assigned to 1st Lt Donald E Adams post war.

  • 44-15372 'Sweet Mary'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 376FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.


  • 8th Air Force 935

    9 April 1945
    "Heavy bombers of the 8th Air Force once more struck at the source of German air power when over 1,250 Fortresses and Liberators, protected by approximately 750 fighters, hammered ten airfields in the vicinity of Munich, besides attacking an oil depot...

  • 8th Air Force 957

    17 April 1945

Associated Place

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...


Event Location Date
Born Caton, NY 14830, USA 23 February 1921
Lived in Mt Clemens, MI, USA 1941
Enlisted Rochester, NY, USA 10 October 1942
Based Wormingford 22 March 1945 – May 1945

Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

Korean service South Korea November 1951 – June 1952

Deployed to Korea. Flying F-86 Sabres credited with 6.5 MIG jet kills and 3.5 damaged.

Died Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Detroit, MI 48242, USA 30 August 1952

Crashed due to Structural Failure Detroit Major Airport, Wayne, MI Cat 4 damage
F-89C 51-5781 - 27FISq 4711DefWg

Buried Charter Twp of Clinton, MI, USA September 1952

Clinton Grove Cemetery
Clinton Township
Macomb County
Michigan, USA.


Date Contributor Update
30 January 2017 12:55:54 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2017 03:47:46 fugari Changes to nickname, biography, awards and events


Date Contributor Update
25 June 2016 12:57:20 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, biography, awards, events and unit associations

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25 June 2016 12:37:26 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

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27 September 2014 18:07:27 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 / roster