Adams, Fletcher Eugene, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1943-1944, M 1055, 357th Fighter Group
Service Years
1942 - 1944
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Home State
Louisiana
Louisiana
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Homer/Rodessa, Louisiana
Last Address
RAF Leiston, Theberton, Suffolk, England

Casualty Date
May 30, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Intentional Homicide
Location
Germany
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Bethsaida Cemetery - Ida, Louisiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
362nd Fighter Squadron357th Fighter Group
  1943-1944, 362nd Fighter Squadron
  1943-1944, M 1055, 357th Fighter Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 Colleges Attended 
Southern Arkansas University
  1938-1940, Southern Arkansas University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1943-1944, P-51/F-51 Mustang1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Fletcher Adams was born Aug 2, 1921 in Homer, LA.

After completing his studies at Southern State College, Arkansas, he joined the Army Reserve before qualifying as a pilot with the rank of 2nd Lt. Mar 10, 1943 at Luke Field, AZ.

He was assigned to the 362nd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group in Britain in Nov 1943, then moved over to RAF Leiston (USAAF Station 373), near Theberton in Suffolk, England. By the end of Jan 1944, he had flown a total of 685 hours, including 472 of front-line combat.

At the end of May 1944, he had 10 aerial victories to his credit.

On May 30, 1944, he was shot down in aerial combat near Bernburg aboard his P-51B (#43-12468), "Southern Belle", by an Me-109.

He was able to exit his aircraft, but he was captured and was executed by the leader of a local militia. The latter, first sentenced to death, had his sentence reduced to 25 years imprisonment.

Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 5200.

The 357th Fighter Group Museum in Ida, LA is named for him.

 
   
Comments/Citation
Sources:
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=5176864
http://www.cieldegloire.com/fg_357.php
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/gallery.php?Group=357
http://www.cebudanderson.com/357museum_dedication_ceremony.htm
http://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/63415
 
   
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