Adkins, Lee H., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, AAF MOS 1034, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1942
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Oak Hill
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Nov 28, 1942
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Mediterranean Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Carthage, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1942, World War II Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Navigator Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Formal Schools and Training Courses301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, Aviation Cadet Navigator Training Course
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1034, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1034, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1942, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Lee H. Adkins (called "Abe" by crew mates) was born in Oak Hill, West Virginia on October 7, 1915. He was the son of Wilson and Elizabeth Victoria Bragg Adkins. The US Census 1920 shows the family living in Fayetteville, West Virginia.

Adkins enlisted as an Aviation Cadet on October 7, 1941 at Fort Hayes, Ohio. His enlistment forms show he had completed 2 years of college (unnamed), and was a semi-skilled mechanic on motor vehicles.

After he completed Aviation Cadet training, he was commissioned, awarded wings, and sent to transitional training on multi-engined aircraft. Following this, he was sent to North Africa where he became a member of the Lt Maher combat crew.

On November 28, 1942, the crew flew to bomb targets in the Bizerte, Tunisia area. On the way to the target area, the formation was attacked by German fighters, and Lt Maher's aircraft was shot down. It crashed into the Mediterranean Sea. There were no survivors, and no bodies were recovered.

Lt Adkins is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Tunis. bombardment group.cfm
NARA Enlistment Records
US Census 1920



Lt Lee H. Adkins was the assigned navigator on B-17F # 41-24374, unnamed, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16038 was issued to cover this loss. Mission loading lists state the crew was:

1 Lt Robert E. Maher  p
2 Lt Roy C. Tobey  c-p
2 Lt Lee H. Adkins  nav
2 Lt Fred J. Graf  bomb
MSgt Edward C. Shackleton  eng/tt gun
TSgt Frank J. Conlon  r/o
Sgt  Harry R. Alger  wg
Sgt  Max D. McNeil  wg
Sgt  Charles R. Goodwin  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Shackleton's middle initial is given as "C" in the crew list, but is shown as "O" and "W" in other records.

There is no known photo of the crew.

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