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Nicholas James Adelmann

Military

Nicholas James Adelmann was a Farmer. His 2C classification as a farmer made him exempt from being drafted, but he wanted to serve his country anyway. He was hit by FLAK in the abdomen on his 10th mission, in which he was hospitalized for 2-3 weeks. During his recuperation, 9 men from his Squadron were lost, including his best friend, Leonard Strong. He flew all 35 required missions and was Honorably discharged in July 1945.

Service

Units served with

  • 463rd Bomb Group

    463rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 463rd BG entered combat on March 30, 1944. The target was the airdrome at Imoski, Yugoslavia. Thirty-nine planes dropped 117 tons of bombs from 20,000 feet. Although slight flak was encountered, all planes returned safely. The group flew a...

  • 773rd Bomb Squadron

    773rd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established in mid-1943 as a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombardment squadron; assigned to Second Air Force for training. Attached in late 1943 and early 1944 to Air University Army Air Force School of Applied Tactics. Deployed to Mediterranean Theater...

Aircraft

  • 42-31832 The Biggast Bird

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/12/43; Des Moines 12/1/44; Jackson 14/1/44; Lakeland 16/1/44; Morrison 21/2/44; Assigned 773BS/463BG Celone 25/2/44; 99m crash landed on base with Berti Berggren 27/2/45. THE BIGGEST BIRD.

  • 42-31834 Holey Joe

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/12/43; Gt Falls 29/12/43; Cheyenne 7/1/44; Nth Platte 9/1/44; Chicago 10/1/44; Albany 11/1/44; Lakeland 12/1/44; Morrison 18/2/44; Assigned 773BS/463BG Celone 20/2/44; Missing in Action Brux 23/9/44 with Bob Kaub, Co-pilot: Les...

  • 42-97541 Pandora's Box

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/12/43; Lakeland 5/1/44; Morrison 21/2/44; Assigned 773BS/463BG Celone 23/2/44; Returned to the USA 1103 BU Morrison 12/3/45; 4100 BU Patterson 23/3/45; Recl Comp 2/5/46.

  • 43-38488

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/8/44; Lincoln 19/8/44; Grenier 11/9/44; Assigned 773BS/463BG Celone 12/9/44; Missing in Action Linz 25/2/45 with Donald Bissonette, Co-pilot: Ralph Bender, Navigator: Phil Kaut, togg-John Sneddon, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

  • 43-38511

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/8/44; Lincoln 20/8/44; Grenier 7/9/44; Assigned 773BS/463BG Celone 24/9/44; taxi accident with Delford Starny 12/3/45; Missing in Action Linz, Aus 25/4/45 with John Wilson, Co-pilot: Dean Frederick, Navigator: Roger Newton,...

  • 44-6261 Never Satisfied

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 17/6/44; Grenier 26/6/44; Assigned 773BS/463BG Celone 12/7/44; Missing in Action Vienna 13/10/44 with Gale Patterson, Co-pilot: Rudolph Kiss, Navigator: Earl Waricher, Bombardier: Earle Barber, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe...

  • 44-6279 Old Gin Fizz

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Kearney 22/6/44; Presque Is 8/7/44; Assigned 773BS/463BG Celone 8/7/44; Salvaged 6/5/45.

  • 44-6283 Betty Lou

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Kearney 22/6/44; Grenier 6/7/44; Assigned 773BS/463BG Celone 8/7/44; Missing in Action Berlin 24/3/45 with Tom Tubman, Co-pilot: Alva Stein, Navigator: Rich Proctor, Bombardier: June Herman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Hammel,...

  • 44-6402

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Kearney 27/7/44; Grenier 8/8/44; Assigned 775BS/463BG Celone 16/8/44; Returned to the USA 1103 BU Morrison 22/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 5/1/46.

  • 44-6558

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 6/9/44; Grenier 20/9/44; Assigned 463BG Celone 11/10/44; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 21/12/45.

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Associated Place

  • Celone

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Minneapolis, MN, USA 6 December 1924
Enlisted Bloomington, MN, USA 27 December 1943

At Age 19

Died Farmington, MN, USA 10 December 2002
Buried Lakeville, MN, USA 12 December 2002

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 August 2020 15:48:42 Adebrea Changes to events and aircraft associations
Sources

www.463.org, Joel Swindlehurst, Historian

Date Contributor Update
09 August 2017 22:33:22 Adebrea Changes to biography
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Information from the Family of Nicholas James Adelmann

Date Contributor Update
09 August 2017 22:24:52 Adebrea Changes to events
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From the Family of Nicholas James Adelmann

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09 August 2017 22:22:51 Adebrea Changes to events
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from the Family of Nicholas James Adelmann

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09 August 2017 22:18:18 Adebrea Changes to events
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From the Family of Nicholas James Adelmann

Date Contributor Update
09 August 2017 22:00:49 Adebrea Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, unit associations, place associations and media associations
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