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Adam Kubinciak

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Adam Kubinciak was a member of the crew delivering a B-24 Liberator from America to the British Isles via Greenland and Iceland. As they approached Scotland the plane iced up and, at the same time, they got lost in cloud. By a stroke of luck they spotted an airstrip and - in spite of red flares warning them off - made an emergency landing on a short fighter runway, They refuelled and carried on to RAF Valley in Wales where plane and crew were separated; the B-24 to be modified for combat elsewhere and the crew to the Combat Replacement Depot at Stone.

Kubinciak was assigned to the 446th BG at Bungay in Norfolk and it was from there that he flew his very last mission on 26th February 1945 when his aircraft 'Miss Liberty' caught fire after No 3 engine exploded and the crew bailed out over East Sussex. Adam and the co-pilot were the last to jump and they rolled out together just before the plane slammed into a bungalow in the village of Chapel St Mary. He did stay on at Bungay flying non-combat operations until June when he shipped home on the 'Queen Mary'.

Many years later the crash site of 'Miss Liberty' was re-developed and parts of the plane salvaged. The excavations were witnessed by the then schoolboy Brendan Wood who tried to discover its history. He had no luck at the time but gave it another try - many, many years later - and eventually managed to contact Adam, then living in Florida. They kept in touch and Brendan made several trips to visit Adam until the latter's death in December 2011.

Service

People

Units served with

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 706th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Bungay

    Military site : airfield
    From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2019 10:48:34 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations
Sources

http://www.446bg.com/

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2019 10:45:38 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Biography completed by historian Helen Millgate. Information sourced from correspondence files and articles related to the service of Adam Kubinciak.

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2015 17:19:51 KUBIERJO Changes to nickname, highest rank, role, person associations and place associations
Sources

Robin Hagel, grand-daughter

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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