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Adams, James William

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

Unit/Placed in on,  VPB-119 Squadron, United States Navy.


James is born in 1917 in, Colorado.


Father, James T. Adams.

Mother, Josephine (Bucholz) Adams.


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


James was presumed KIA from a Armed Reconnaissance patrol in the Pacific (Taiwan), on April 11, 1945, he is honored with a  Purple Heart, Air Medal with 2 Stars, Combat Action Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.


James crew-members and their position on-board the plane a PB4Y-2 were;

Ltjg. A.L. Althans Commander

Ltjg. W.C. Mathews Co Pilot

Ensign. D.C. Kirby Co Pilot

AMMF1. J.W. Adams Plane Captain

ARM1. G.H. Stein 1st. Radioman

AOM2. W. Harner 1st. Ordananceman

AOMB2. E.A. Jakubinak Bombardier

AOM3. C.A. Bagley Bow Turret Gunner

ARM3. B.A. Lawrence Fwd Upper Deck Turret

AMMF1. C.J. Bogacz Aft. Upper Deck Turret

AMMF2. F.J. Christiano Stbd. Waist Turret Gunner

S1. H.H. Elfreich Tail Turret


James is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial  Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Wall of the missing.


Thanks to http://www.vpnavy.net/vp119_1940.htm 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/

Bombing Patrol Squadron 119
Consolidated pb4y-2 Privateer
Clark Field, Philippines
Pilots VPB 119 Bombing Group
James W. Adams
His rank Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class