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Sgt Franklin W Adams, Jr
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Birth: Apr. 13, 1924
Raleigh County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Oct. 3, 1944, Germany

Son of Franklin W Adams, Sr. and Olive Osborne.

Franklin served as a Staff Sergeant & Waist Gunner on B-17G #43-38445, 325th Bomber Squadron, 92nd Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Baltimore, Maryland prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on April 15, 1943 in Huntington, West Virginia. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the building transportation equipment and also as Single, without dependents.

Franklin was "Killed In Action" when his B-17 was hit by enemy flak and was then involved in a mid-air collision with B-17G #43-38396 and crashed near Neuhof, Germany during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.

Service # 35658138

At the families request, his state of birth was added to his headstone (West Virginia) instead of his state of residence (Maryland).

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Airmen who perished on B-17G #43-38445:

Adams, Franklin W, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, MD
Garrison, Howard C ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, PA
Granata, Rudolph J ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, NY
LaPlante, Kenneth D ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, NH
Mohr, Leonard F ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, WI
Nielsen, Niels R ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, SD
Raber, Harry W ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, PA
Saylor, Clyde H, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, VA

Airmen who became POW's from B-17G #43-38445:

Stretton, William C ~ T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner

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For airmen who perished on B-17G #43-38396 see:

Dornburgh, Edmund L ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, NY

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Bio & Crew Reports by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Sunset Memorial Park
Raleigh County
West Virginia, USA
Created by: Russ Pickett
Record added: Apr 08, 2013
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Sgt Franklin W Adams, Jr
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 Added: Apr. 8, 2013

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