1/Lt. Donald E. Adams


(F. Birtciel)

1/Lt. Donald E. Adams

343rd FS - 22 March 1945 - End of War

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D CY-R
P-51D CY- 44-15372 "Sweet Mary"

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
366 09 April 1945 Munich/Schleissheim Airfield
370 17 April 1945 Dresden
Air Scores
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed
Damaged
Score Detail

09 April 1945  Me-109 destroyed (ground) Fürstenfeldbruck
09 April 1945 
Me-410 destroyed (ground) Munich-/Brunnthal Landing Ground
09 April 1945 
Me-109 damaged (ground) Fürstenfeldbruck
17 April 1945
Me-109 damaged (ground) Bautzen/Litten

Notes 23 February 1921 - Born in Caton, New York.
1942 - Graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Western Michigan College
24 October 1942 - Entered the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Forces
30 August 1943 - Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and awarded his pilot wings
ASN - O-811298
Home of Record - Mt Clemmons, MI
August 1943 to July 1944 - Lt Adams served as an instructor pilot at Newport, Arkansas, followed by advanced fighter training in the P-51 Mustang.
22 March 1945 - Joined the 343rd Fighter Squadron
April 1945 - Awarded the Air Medal
May 1945 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
November 1946 - Transferred to the 31st Fighter Group
June 1947 - Returned to the US after duty in Occupation Forces
July 1947 to October 1951 - Flew with the 62nd Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group at Selfridge AFB, Michigan, flying F-80 Shooting Stars and F-86 Sabres
November 1951 to June 1952 - Maj Adams then deployed to Korea, where he was credited with the destruction of 6.5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 3.5 more damaged whilst flying with the 16th Fighter Interceptor Squadron of the 51st Fighter Interceptor Group.
03 May 1952 - Won the Silver Star for his actions leading a squadron against 20 MIG Jets
July 1952 - Joined the 27th Fighter Interceptor Squadron of the 1st Fighter Interceptor Wing at Griffiss AFB, New York
30 August 1952 - Killed whilst flying an F-89 Scorpion near Detroit Airport at an airshow
Awards
Memories Known as 'Don'
Additional Photo Maj. Donald E. Adams post war photograph
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