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Edsel Eugene Adams


January - March 1945. On 23 February 1945, 6th mission, ditched our B-24. 3 of 9 crew members survived. Picked up by air-sea rescue in life raft after 8 hours. Flown to England.

AM/ ETO w/ 3 battle stars/ PH



  • Theodore Kolaya

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Forced to ditch due to engine fire/failure 23 February 1945 in B-24 #42-110160 'Chris Crate II', Killed in Action (KIA). Ditched in North Sea on 6th combat mission. Only 3 crewmen escaped and were rescued.

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron



  • 843

    23 February 1945

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


Event Location Date
Born Andalusia, Alabama 24 August 1923
Lived in Escambia County, FL, USA 1944
Enlisted 17 January 1944
Forced to Ditch in the North Sea North Sea 23 February 1945

Adams was one of three survivors from the nine man crew.

Died St Cloud, FL, USA 18 May 2004
Buried St Cloud, FL, USA 21 May 2004

Mount Peace Cemetery
Saint Cloud
Osceola County
Florida, USA
Plot: Sec-E, Block-B, Lot-282


Date Contributor Update
28 April 2020 02:23:34 466thHistorian Changes to middlename

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2016 03:56:34 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, events and media associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2014 18:46:36 466thHistorian Changes to awards, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:10 AAM AAM ingest

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