Adams, Charles E., Jr., Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1056-Pilot, Two-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1944-1945, M 1056, 82nd Fighter Group
Service Years
1942 - 1945

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Contact Info
Home Town
New Orleans
Last Address

Date of Passing
Jan 06, 1992
Location of Interment
Fort Logan National Cemetery - Denver, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 2, Site 113

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Additional Information

Last Known Activity

Charles E. Adams was born on September 22, 1919 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Presumably, he attended and graduated from high school there.

In March 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was trained in military intelligence. He then applied for and was accepted in the U.S. Army Air Forces Aviation Cadet Program. Entering in July 1942, he completed his training and graduated on July 28, 1943. He was given his pilot's wings and a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant at Williams Field, Arizona that date.

After receiving advanced training in the P-38 Lightning fighter aircraft, Adams was assigned to the 95th Fighter Squadron of the 82nd Fighter Group, based in Italy. He arrived at the base in January 1944. In the course of his time there, he flew combat missions and bomber escort. He was credited with the shooting down of 6 German fighter aircraft, giving him the designation of "Ace."

Captain Adams returned to the United States in August 1944. He served as an instructor pilot until he was discharged on August 6, 1945.

He enrolled in the Colorado School of Mines and later received his batchelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering. He sought and found employment in the oil industry, and remained in that capacity until he retired in 1983.



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 Unit Assignments
Aviation Cadet Flight School95th Fighter Squadron  - Boneheads82nd Fighter Group
  1942-1943, M 0770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1944-1945, M 1056, 95th Fighter Squadron - Boneheads
  1944-1945, M 1056, 82nd Fighter Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/North Apennines Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
Colorado School of Mines
  1945-1948, Colorado School of Mines
 My Aircraft/Missiles
PT-13 Stearman  PT-19 Trainer  AT-6 Texan  P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  
  1942-1942, PT-13 Stearman
  1942-1942, PT-19 Trainer
  1942-1942, AT-6 Texan
  1944-1945, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
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