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1LT Alonzo Pelton Adams III

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1LT Alonzo Pelton Adams III

Birth
Albany, Albany County, New York, USA
Death 25 Jun 1943 (aged 28)
At Sea
Burial Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium
Plot B Row 36 Grave 40
Memorial ID 56356811 View Source
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He had enlisted in the Army Air Forces. Served during World War II. He had the rank of First Lieutenant. Occupation or specialty was Pilot. Service number was 0-791271. Served with 100th Bomber Group, Heavy, 349th Bomber Squadron

Son of Alonzo P. Adams, Jr. and Catherine Snyder who resided in Loudonville, New York. No FAG burials found that match census records.
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Angel's Tit's B-17 42-3260
Delivered Denver 16 APR 43; Dow Field 30 MAY 43; Assigned 349BS/100BG [XR-K] Thorpe Abbotts 9 JUN 43; Missing in Action convoy off Holland 25 JUN 43 with Alonzo Adams, Co-pilot: George Krech, Bombardier: Jesse Gurley, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Sullivan, Radio Operator: Jim Purcell, Ball turret gunner: John Kruzich, Waist gunner: Edmond Walker, Waist gunner: Norman Asbornsen,Tail gunner: Bryant Hutchinson (9 Killed in Action); Navigator: Nick Demchak (POW-picked up by German boat); hit by enemy aircraft 20 miles N of the Frisian Is. and ship exploded, crashed North Sea, Missing Air Crew Report 271.
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The 100th Bomb Group received transitional training, and flew its first combat mission on June 25, 1943. This was a scheduled bombing raid on German ship building yards at Bremen, Germany. Lt. Adams and his crew would fly this as their first mission.
After take-off, assembly, and flying across the North Sea, the formation drew intense flak from batteries located on islands approximately 20 miles off the enemy coast. As the formation neared the mainland, it was attacked by 30 enemy fighters. One singled out Adams' aircraft, and made a slashing attack. The B-17, raked by cannon and machine gun fire, fell out of formation, out of control. The pilot rang the bail-out bell, but most crew evidently did not hear it. In the words of the only survivor, "There was this enormous explosion, and I found myself outside the aircraft." He parachuted successfully to the ground where he was captured by the Germans. The tangled wreckage of the aircraft fell into the North Sea, about 30 km North of Langeoog, Germany. Feldwebel Edgar Dorre, flying a BF-109 from JG 26/9 was given credit for shooting down the bomber.
The bodies of Adams and one other crew man was recovered as they washed ashore, and were buried in a local village cemetery. After the war, Adams was transferred to Ardennes American Cemetery where he now lies in Plot B, Row 36, Grave 40.
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U.S., World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
Name: Alonzo P TRD Adams
Race: White
Marital status: Single, without dependents (Single)
Rank: Private
Birth Year: 1915
Nativity State or Country: New York
Citizenship: Citizen
Residence: Albany, New York
Education: 4 years of college
Civil Occupation: Authors, editors, and reporters
Enlistment Date: 24 Jun 1941
Enlistment Place: Fort Jay Governors Island, New York
Service Number: 32096955
Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life
Height: 68
Weight: 139
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He was awarded the Purple Heart.

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  • Maintained by: MAJ Jimmy Cotton
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56356811
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/56356811/alonzo-pelton-adams : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Alonzo Pelton Adams III (28 Jan 1915–25 Jun 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56356811, citing Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial, Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium ; Maintained by MAJ Jimmy Cotton (contributor 48803557) .