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Adkins Jr. Kenneth Ray

Rank and Name, Second Lieutenant Kenneth Ray Adkins Jr.

Unit/placed in, 528th Bomber Squadron, 380th Bomber Group (Heavy)”King of the Heavies” .


Kenneth was born  in 1921 in Ohio.


Father, Kenneth R. Adkins.

Mother, Ora M. Adkins.

Sisters, Madalyne and Marjorie Adkins.  

Brother, Joseph Adkins.

Wife, Eloise Adkins.

Son, Kenneth Adkins III.


Kenneth entered  the Service from Ft. Thomas Newport, Kentucky in May 3, 1942 with service-number # 15114274.


Kenneth was KIA when the plane came out of formation, it came in a spiral and crashed, on Nov 21, 1943, he is honored with a  Purple Heart,Air Medal,  Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

Kenneth’s crew-members and their position on-board the plane a B-24 were;

1st Lt. Maurice W. Beller Pilot

F/O. Lee R. Root Co Pilot

2nd Lt. John M. Trexler Jr. Navigator

2nd Lt. Kenneth R. Adkins Jr. Bombardier

T.Sgt. Arnold W. Churek Engineer

T/Sgt. Lincoln Johnson Radio Operator

S/Sgt. Floyd E. Rakow Asst. Engineer

Pvt. William M. Thomas Asst. Radio Operator

S/Sgt. Ernest Rivera Gunner

S/Sgt Paul Nigrini Gunner

P/O/. Keith H. Bevan P.C.M. Operator


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

Wall of the missing.


Thanks to http://380th.org/ 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/

528th Bomber Squadron
Plane B-24
Nose Art
Fenton Airfield, Australia
His rank Second Lieutenant