Adams, John W., III, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1054-Co-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 349th Bomb Squadron
Service Years
1941 - 1944
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
349th Bomb Squadron
Poddington, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Mar 03, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot A, Row 41, Grave 23

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army (USA)United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy349th Bomb Squadron
  1941-1943, US Army (USA)
  1943-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1054, 349th Bomb Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
John W. Adams III was born in 1923 in Nebraska (www.findagrave states 1922 Kansas) to John W., Jr and Olive M. Adams.The Us Census 1930 lists the family in Kickapoo, Kansas (Leavenworth Military Reservation.) He graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1941.

Adams joined the US Army in July, 1941 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas as a private in the Infantry. Shortly thereafter, he attended the West Point Preparatory Course at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. On November 21, 1942, he married Helen Bielecki of Sumter City, California.

Adams transferred to the Army Air Corps in July, 1943, and was accepted for pilot training. He received crew training with the newly formed 100th Bomb Group in Ephrata, and Geiger Field, Washington. He departed for overseas duty on October 21, 1943.

As part of an original crew arriving in England, he was classified as a co-pilot on a B-17. According to sources, he flew 10 missions. On March 3, 1944, the target area was Berlin, Germany. The formation made its way to the target as weather closed in. Apparently, two of the aircraft entered a cloud bank at the same time and collided, causing both aircraft to crash.

According to reports, five of the crew were taken prisoner, evidently having parachuted out. Five dead were recovered, and buried locally. After the war, Lt Adams was moved to the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium where he lies in Plot A, Row 41, Grave 24.
US Census 1930



Lt John W. Adams III was performing duties as co-pilot on B-17G # 42-39817, named "Murderer's Row," assigned to the 349th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 3029 accounts for this loss. Mission loading lists show the crew as:

1 Lt Robert D. Vollmer  p
2 Lt John W. Adams III  c-p
2 Lt Edward G. Sullivan  nav
TSgt Ernest B. Clark  tog
TSgt William S. Humphrey  eng/tt gun
TSgt Elias M. Johnson  r/o
SSgt Don Guthrie  btg
SSgt Donald N. Becker  wg
SSgt Thomas H. Mullenix  wg
SSgt George W. Wood  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

TSgt Clark was a replacement for Lt Robert S. Connelly (original crew) and TSgt Humphrey replaced Sgt Hull (original crew.) These two crewmen were removed from the crew for unknown reasons, and nothing else about them appears in 100th Bomb Group records.

Lt Adams, Sgts Johnson, Clark, Wood, and Becker were killed.

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