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Howard F Adams


Killed in Action 26-Feb-43 in B-24D 41-23777 'Maisey', 44BG/66BS while serving as Pilot. The aircraft came under almost constant fighter attack from Texel Island, Holland and finally exploded in mid-air near Willbroksmoor, Germany. Journalist Robert Post was a journalist passenger on this flight.


Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23777 Maisie

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D-5-CO 41-23777 was assigned to the 44th Bomb Group/66 Bomb Squadron at Shipdham, UK. On 26-Feb-43 the aircraft was despatched to bomb the shipyards at Bremen, Germany but the target was obscured by clouds so the aircraft diverted to the secondary...


  • VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...


Event Location Date
Born Rutland, Vermont, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Willbroksmoor, 26160 Bad Zwischenahn, Germany 26 February 1943

Killed when aircraft was attacked by German fighters and exploded in mid-air near Willbroksmoor, Germany'

Buried 1945

Buried in the Ardennes American Cemetery, Plot D, Row 33, Grave 5.


Date Contributor Update
21 June 2015 21:56:58 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 21-Jun-2015. Added decorations and Burial event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; MACR 16067; Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added KIA event and location; Added A/C model number and Unit designations in Biography. Added loss details in Summary Biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; and MACR 16067.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:15 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 16067 / MACR 16067, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 81, The 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Lundy pp. p. 52-54, The Writing 69th by Jim Hamilton p. 156 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database