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Adams, James Wilbur

Rank and Name, Aviation Machinist’s Mate First Class James Wilbur Adams.

Unit/Placed in on, Squadron VP44-12 “Golden Pelicans”.


James is born in 1925 in Alameda County, California.


Mother, Henrietta (Ackerman) Adams .


James enlisted the service in Colorado with service number # 6186451.


James was KIA on the mission a mission when the plane was shot down at the Battle of Midway on June 6, 1944, he is honored with a  Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

James crew-members and their position on-board the plane a PBYB-Catalina were;

Ltjg. Robert S. Whitman Pilot

Ensign Walter H. Mosley Co Pilot

Aom2. Philip L. Fulghum Bombardier/Bow Gunner

Ensign Lee C. McCleary Navigator

Arma. James W. Adams Radio Operator

Amm1. Ruel V. Marsh Flight Engineer

Ensign Jack H. Camp Observer

Amm3. Clarence J. Norby Jr Gunner

RM3. William H.  O “Farrell Gunner

Amm2 John C. Weeks Gunnur

James is buried/mentioned at Honolulu Memorial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA.

Courts of the Missing.

Thanks to Jean Louis Vijgen, ABMC,  https://abmc.gov Info P.O.W.

Wes Injerd, Dwight Rider: http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html

NavyLog, http://navylog.navymemorial.org Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, Sean Conjenos, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Familysearch.com, https://www.familysearch.org Navy Marines Info Geoffrey Roecker, https://missingmarines.com/ Medals Info, http://www.honorstates.org Website, https://hendrikswebdesign.nl/

Navy Squadron VP-44
PBY Catalina
NAS Brunswick
His rank (Aviation) Machinist''s Mate First Class