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William Morris Adams

Military

Assigned to 854BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. 1 x combat mission.
Failed to Return (FTR) Hanover in B-24 #42-110107 "Wham Bam Thank You Ma'm" 24-Aug-44; Bialed out of A/C, captured and held overnight at Munster A/D. Marched through Russelsheim after rail journey curtailed by bomb damaged rails. Beaten unconscious by civilians and left for dead on farmers cart in cemetery, escaped, along with Sgt Sidney E Brown, during air raid and re-arrested 4 days later. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 8296

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Sidney Brown

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 854BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. 1 x combat mission. ...

  • Norman Rogers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 491st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 854BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. 2 x combat missions. ...

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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. ...

  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

  • 854th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-110107 "Wham Bam Thank You Ma'm"

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 854BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hanover mission; downed by flak over Russelheim, Germany, on 24-Aug-44. 3 x POW, 6 x KIA. MACR 8296 ...

Missions

  • 568

    24 August 1944

Associated Place

  • North Pickenham

    Military site : airfield
    Built comparatively late during 1943-44 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, North Pickenham was rather cramped as an airfield site so the main runway was shorter than typical. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Schuylkill County, PA 14 August 1925

Son of William Alvin and Althesta [Fetterolf] Adams.

Based North Pickenham 1944 – 24 August 1944

Assigned to 854BS, 491BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out 40 miles Nth Hanover 24 August 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Hanover in B-24 42-110107 "Wham Bam Thank You Ma'm" 24-Aug-44; Baled out of A/C, captured and held overnight at Munster A/D. MACR 8296

Beaten by civilians Russelsheim, Germany 26 August 1944

Dispatched by rail for Oberusel, due to a bombed out rail line, marched on foot through Russelsheim, beaten unconscious by civilian mob 26-Aug-44.

Evaded (EVD) 26 August 1944 – 30 August 1944

Escaped from cemetery during air raid. Evaded capture (EVD). Arrested four days later.

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland September 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Died Pennsylvania, USA 8 March 1980
Buried Heplers Church of God Cemetery, Pitman, PA 12 March 1980

Heplers Church of God Cemetery
Pitman,
Schuylkill County, PA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 April 2020 01:43:51 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2019 18:51:11 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28687377
https://www.fold3.com/image/28687682
http://aircrewremembered.com/norman-rogers.html
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/46594777

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8296 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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