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Lt Angelo Adams, B/N 340thBG, 486thBS, MTO
1944 | Italy
Angeo Adams was residing in Cook County Illinois and enlisted on 20 March, 1942 at Chicago, Ill. He was accepted directly into the AAC as a Private and was born in 1921 (?__ in Greece?) and is White, Citizen and had completed one year of college. He was employed as in the manufacture of automobiles and he was still single at enlistment.
Angelo would become a Commissioned Bombardier/Navigator and was assigned to the B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber 340th Bomb Group, 486th Bomb Squad and flew Combat Missions in the Mediterranean Theatre during 1944-45.
21 May, 2009 to Barbara Connolly; Just thought I'd send the information that my mother Elizabeth Adams, wife of Angelo Adams of the 340thBG, 486thBS died on Sunday, May 17. She was 88 years old and survived my father after his death in 1998. The last time I saw her in December 2008, I read to her from my web site about her and my dad during WWII.
The web site was a gift for her and I'm so glad I was able to share it with her. I had printed out every page and made a giant notebook for her since she refused to use the computer!
I am so grateful that I found the 57th listserve and web site after my father died in 1998!
Stories and photo's from their proud daughter Joni (Adams) Sesma.
Barbi Ennis Connolly, 57th BW Historical Researcher. 18 Aug. 2012 PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com
Angelo's best-friend Tom Cahill
1945 | Italy
340thBG,486thBS, daughter of Lt Angelo Adams (Joni Adams Sesma) has a story; 2 Oct. 2007
My father, Angelo Adams, was a 1st Lt., Bombardier/Navigator with the 486 Bomb Sq, 340th Bomb Group. He was on Corsica from May 1944 to April 1945. A very good buddy of his, Thomas D. Cahill, went MIA on February 4 or 5, 1945. Cahill’s brother had been reported MIA in France in December of 44. I don’t know any details about the February mission or what plane it was and so on. I only discovered how much it affected my father in recent years when I started my project with his letters to my mother. It’s evident from the letters that he was pretty devastated by this loss. He never talked about it to us—of course he hardly ever talked about the War.
In October 1944, he had sent to my mother, the address of Cahill’s mother and sister in Los Angeles, California. My mother was living in Los Angeles with her own mother while Dad was overseas and so she was able to visit the Cahill women several times before returning to Chicago in April to meet my father on his return..
In December 1944 he wrote that Cahill’s brother had been reported MIA in France. He didn’t write to my mother about Cahill being MIA until sometime in March—something to do with censorship rules for letters. Until recently, I was never able to determine if either brother survived, died, or was still listed as MIA. The mother is surely dead by now and there was no mention of the sister’s name--or of the brother's name. Also, I have never seen the name mentioned on 57th site or any other web site so I’ve never been able to verify information.
However I believe that I have finally identified the brother..... Tom's brother’s name was John W. "JACK" Cahill. He died November 21, 1944 and he is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery. My Dad’s friend Thomas D. Cahill is listed as buried at Ft. Scott National Cemetery in Kansas with a death date of 2/5/45.
(Joni) I have spoken to my mother and she says that not ever knowing what happened to his friend was something that always bothered my father even up to the end of his own life in 1998.
This may be more than you wanted to know, but it’s a story means a lot to me because of the way it affected my father. Best regards, Joan Adams Sesma