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Richard William Adams

Military

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel Canal mission in B-24 #42-40126 'Annie Oakley' 14-May-43; Flak forced them out of formation, shot down by fighters. Killed in Action (KIA), MACR 2441.

Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

Service

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  • William Roach

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel Canal mission in B-24 42-40126 'Annie Oakley' 14-May-43; Flak forced them out of formation, shot down by fighters. Bill survived the crash but succumbed to wounds in hospital. Killed in...

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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. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    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...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-40126 'Annie Oakley'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel Canal mission with Bill Roach crew 14-May-43; Flak forced them out of formation, shot down by fighters. 1 x POW, 9 x KIA MACR 2441

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Macon, Georgia, USA 9 June 1912

Son of Charles LeHardy and Ann P [Doyle] Adams.

Enlisted Fort McPherson, Atlanta, GA 17 June 1942

Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia

Specialist training Tyndall AAF, Panama City, FL August 1942

Gunnery training. Tyndall AAF, Panama City, Florida

Specialist training Gowen AAF, Boise, ID October 1942

Bombardier school. Gowen AAF, Boise, Idaho

Specialist training Topeka AAF, KS December 1942

Radio school. Topeka AAF, Kansas

Based Shipdham 1943 – 14 May 1943

Assigned to 67BS, 44BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Rendsburg, Germany 14 May 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Kiel Canal mission in B-24 42-40126 'Annie Oakley' 14-May-43; Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2441

Buried Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, IL 1948

Re-Interred
Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois

Buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon, Bibb County, GA 1949

Memorialised
Rose Hill Cemetery
Macon, Bibb County, Georgia

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2020 20:11:01 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2020 17:07:29 Al_Skiff Changes to events
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/258701/richard-william-adams
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/23604081/richard-william-adams

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2020 16:03:42 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
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https://www.fold3.com/image/646484072
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763130
https://www.fold3.com/record/84036096-richard-w-adams
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/258701/richard-william-adams
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/23604081/richard-william-adams

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2020 16:01:00 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/28600695
https://www.fold3.com/image/646484072
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763130
https://www.fold3.com/record/84036096-richard-w-adams
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/258701/richard-william-adams
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/23604081/richard-william-adams

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2441 / MACR 2441, 4401 in Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I p. 120 by Bishop and Hey, 44th BGRoll of Honor and Losses by Lundy pp 67-68, National gravesite locator / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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