Birth: Jan. 16, 1916
Oklahoma, USA Death: Jan. 10, 1945
SSgt Jay Lee Adams, 92nd Bomb Wing, USAAF/RAF, 325 AAF Bomb Squadron, WW II. One of 4 operational bombardment squadrons of the USAAF that were assigned to the British RAF, and flew out of Podington, UK from 1943 to 1945. The 92nd Bomb Group was known as "Fame's Favored Few", with a " Triangle B " group tail code on the tail of their B-17 Heavy Bombers.
"FAMES FAVORED FEW"
THE 92nd BOMBARDMENT GROUP (H)
UNITED STATES 8th ARMY AIR FORCE
STATION 109 PODINGTON
1943 to 1945
IN MEMORY OF THOSE BRAVE AIRMEN AND SUPPORT GROUPS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES AND WHO SERVED DURING WORLD WAR II FOR THE LIBERATION OF EUROPE. THE GROUP FLEW 308 MISSIONS 274 FROM PODINGTON AIRFIELD, UK.
"Forever heroes to future generations..
This is the goal in which we strive..
To assure these brave, now weary, men..
That in our memory they will survive"
The Carnegie Herald, published an Obituary, for Jay Lee Adams, on Wednesday May 23, 1945
Memorial services were held at the First Baptist Church in Carnegie, Sunday at 3:30 for Staff Sgt. Jay Lee Adams Jr who was killed in action, near Olne, Liege, in the Walloon Region, of Belgium, on Jan. 10, 1945, when his B-17 Bomber was shot down, and crash landed near Olne, Belgium. Jay, was killed in flight, while SGt Ray Fairman was severely wounded. The remainder crew survived the crash landing in the snow. Jay was ejected from the plane and his parachute deployed but they were too low for the chute to deploy fully. He was impaled upon impact with the ground. It is not known if he died from the ejection or from the impalement.
The flying fortress was identified as B-17G-50-BO 42-102396. Its pilot was 1Lt. Robert C. Hirsh. The plane crash landed in the snow just outside of, and near the cemetery, of the village of Olne, Belgium. All survived the crash, except Jay Lee Adams Jr. Jay bailed out of the plane, but the plane was too low to the ground, for the parachute to open, and was impaled upon impact.
1st Lt Robert C Hirsch – Pilot
1st Lt Leroy H Gunderson-CP
2nd Lt Orris L Lofton-N
2nd Lt William J Wallace, Jr-B
Sgt Harry L Peeler-ROG
T/Sgt John C Campbell-ETG
S/Sgt Raymond G Fairman-BTG
S/Sgt Joseph (NMI) Streiful-TG
S/Sgt Jay L Adams-FG
Jay was originally interred at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Rue du Mémorial Américain 159, 4852 Hombourg, Liège Belgium. GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 50.69659, Longitude: 5.89884, on January 12th, 1945.
On October 7th, 1948, his remains were transported by truck to the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, from where he was repatriated to the USA and arrived by rail at the Sentinel, OK. train station, on January 8, 1949 @2:30 pm.
He was immediately interred in the Sentinel Cemetery, Sentinel, Oklahoma, with a full military honors Service. His daughter Lois Janet Adams, was in attendance with her Grandparents, Harley E. Schlegel and Alice Mae Love.
Rev. C.N. Price, pastor, delivered a special memorial sermon for Jay, and W.F. Taylor, the district commander of the VFW Post 143, and others, assisted as the Honor Guard.
The United States flag was draped over Jay's casket, with the union blue field at the head and over the left shoulder. After Taps was played, the flag was carefully folded into the symbolic tri-cornered shape, by the Honor Guard, and it was then presented as a keepsake to his daughter, Lois Janet Adams, age 4 yrs 10 months. His daughter remembers the moment, and looked to her Grandmother for guidance, which was 'Take it, and hold it close child'.
The ceremony and presentation of the flag, was a moving tribute of lasting remembrance to Jay's family and friends.
Jay Lee Adams Jr, married Mary Elizabeth Schlegel 22 February, 1938, in Carnegie, Oklahoma.
Jay was survived by his Paternal Father Mose Adams, his mother Suzanna Poole, his wife Mary Elizabeth Adams (Schlegel), and his daughter Lois Janet Adams (8 mos), and 7 siblings.
Jay was preceded in death, by his and Elizabeth's first born son in 1940, Jay Lee Adams 3rd, who died in infancy to an unknown cause, and his paternal Grandfather and Grandmother, John Calhoun Adams 1841 – 1930, and Susannah Back 1845 – 1926
Sgt. Adams was 28 years old at the time of his death. He was a waist-gunner on a B-17 Bombardment group, flying out of Podington, UK, and was on his 23rd combat mission over Nazi Germany.
He entered military service in the Army Air Force (USAAF Service Number 37533988) July 14, 1943. His wife, Mary Elizabeth and his daughter Lois Janet (age 9 months), were residents of Carnegie, OK., at the time of his death.
Special recognition is provided for Samuël Lucas
( Samuel.Lucas@skynet.be ), and his father, of Olne, Belgium, for providing the story of Jays death for the family. Samuels's father remembers the plane crash, and kept the story of Jay Lee Adams, for 45 years, then passed the responsibility to his son Samuël Lucas, who wasn't even born at the time of the crash, to find and provide the story to Jay's family. Mission Accomplished!
A large stone marker has been commemorated as a memorial to Jay Lee Adams, near Olne, Belgium. This memorial was realized by Madam Maria Courtois and her family, and by the municipal administration of Olne, Belgium. The memorial was inaugurated on November 11th, 2007. (See Photo) The language on the marker plate, is in Flemish (or Flemish Dutch).
The GPS Location of the Jay Lee Memorial, in Olne, Belgium
is; N50°35.870’ E005°43.595’, Rafhay 63, 4877 Olne, Belgium
This location depicts the spot where Jay Lee Adams landed, which is a few miles from where the plane landed in the snow, with all other flight crew members surviving.
A translation of French inscription is provided below;
If anyone has factual knowledge regarding his specific date of birth, place of birth, place of death, biographical / family information, etc., please send it via "Edit / Suggest A Correction" through this memorial, or direct to Edward A. Mallang 3rd email@example.com
The only child of Jay Lee Adams and Mary Elizabeth Adams (Schlegel), is Janet Norberg (Lois Janet Adams) who was married to Raymond Norberg. She resides in Everett, Snohomish, Washington, Her Son Aron Norberg and his wife Joy (Espiritu), reside in Sultan, WA, and are expecting their first child in February of 2015. (Update) Kyle Espiritu Norberg arrived 13 Feb, 2015 in Everett, Snohomish Co., Washington, USA So Lois Janet Norberg (Schlegel) is a Grandmother, and Jay Lee Adams is a A Great Grandfather (GGF).
MISSION REPORT 10 JAN, 1945
Target; Gymnich Airdrome
January 10, 1945 —? Gymnich Airdrome, Germany
A/C No 2102396. 92nd Bomb Group, 325th Squadron, piloted by 1st Lt Robert C Hirsch exhibited a high degree of skill and tenacity of purpose in completeing the mission, even though at one time none of his engines was functioning. On the first run, Flak knocked out the No. 1 engine, and on the second run, the No. 2 engine. On this run, the lead bombardier was unable to identify the target in time and bombs were not dropped. Lt Hirsch's aircraft began to lag behind the formation as it regrouped for the third run, but he was determined to bomb. Maintaining air speed by dropping altitude and using the full power of his remaining two engines he was able to stay close to the formation. Just before bombs away, Flak knocked out both of the remaining engines.
Working feverishly, with the aircraft losing considerable air speed and altitude, Lt Hirsch then displayed remarkable aeronautical ability. He brought the No. 1 engine back into operation even though the prop was still running away. Dropping the bomb load on an unidentified German town, he headed for friendly territory, losing altitude at about 1,000 to 1,500 feet per minute. Spotting a field near Liege, Belgium, and behind friendly lines, Lt Hirsch ordered the crew to the radio room and prepared to crash land a badly damaged aircraft... not only were three engines out, but the bomb-bay doors were opened and jammed, and the guns in the inoperative ball turret were at a 90 degree angle. At 300 feet, without order, S/Sgt Jay L. Adams, the waist gunner bailed out and was killed. Lt Hirsch landed the aircraft without injury to the crew
Source; 92nd BG (Heavy) Archive records,
A special thank you, to Danièle Bosquet, for her many contributions, including the mission report shown above.
Lois Janet Adams, daughter of Staff Sgt Jay Lee Adams, is most grateful for her contribution to Jay's Find a Grave Memorial site.
FALLEN SOLDIER TABLE
The table is small, set for one- symbolizing the frailty of one soldier alone against his enemies.
The table cloth is white- symbolizing the purity of the soldier's intentions to respond to their country's call to arms.
The single red rose symbolizes remembrance. It is displayed in a vase, reminding us of the families and loved ones of our comrades in arms who keep their memories alive, lest we forget.
The red ribbon tied prominently on the vase is a reminder of the blood they shed protecting the liberty so loved by our country.
A slice of lemon sits on the bread plate to remind us of the bitterness of their fate.
The bread plate and lemon slice is covered in salt- symbolic of their families tears.
The glass is inverted, for they cannot toast with us tonight.
The chair is empty, for they can sit with us no longer.
In remembrance of all the fallen soldiers.
Jay Lee Adams (29) Rest in Peace
Joseph Leonidus Adams (1873 - 1943)
Caroline Susan Anna Pool (e) Adams (1889 - 1949)
Mary Elizabeth Schlegel Mallang (1918 - 2002)*
Infant Boy Jay Lee Adams (1939 - 1939)*
Mary Marguerite Adams Newton (1907 - 1927)*
Lee Roy Adams (1911 - 1990)*
Frances Marion Adams Evans (1913 - 2009)*
Della Mae Adams Libby (1915 - 1975)*
Jay Lee Adams (1916 - 1945)
Stacy Wade Adams (1917 - 1918)*
Infant Adams (1918 - 1918)*
Carl Richard Adams (1920 - 1996)*
Geneva Martha Adams Shockey (1921 - ____)*
Wanda Jane Adams Bilslend (1924 - 2010)*
Memorial Transcription on Adams Memorial, located in Olne, Belgium, Commissioned by Madam Maria Courtois and her family, and by the municipal administration of Olne, Belgium.
Google Maps - Streetview of Jay Lee Adams Memorial, near Olne, Walloon Region, Belgium. The memorial is a Stone Memorial with a Plaque. It is located just to the left off of the gravel road. The Streetview is an interactive photo, where you can 'Pan' the photo with your mouse by clicking and dragging on the photo image.
Jay Lee Adams Memorial Monument - Olne, Belgium -Street View,
Belgian Memorial Page and Photos (Belgian).
Jay Lee Adams Memorial - Olne, Belgium - Belgian Memorial Site,
"A La Memoire Du SSgt Adams Jay L Membre De L'Equipage Du Bombadier 92 BG B17 De La 325 Escadrille De L'US AAF Tombe En Ce Lieu Le 10 Janvier 1945, A L'Age De 28 Ans"
"In memory of SSgt Adams Jay L, crewmember of a USAAF B-17 bomber of 92 Bomb Group/325 Squadron, who died on this spot on Jan 10th 1945, at the age of 28 years"
There is also a 'Tribute Page' Jay Lee Adams Jr and to the 325th Bomb Squadron / 92nd Bomb Group (heavy) that flew out of Podington England.
Tribute Facebook Page to Jay Lee Adams and the Lucky Tigers of 325/92 Bomb Group (Heavy),
A Special Thank you to Rik Verhelle firstname.lastname@example.org for providing an English translation of the Memorial Plaque.
Note: Localisation de ce monument: Rue Pont Al Plantche, à proximité du croisement avec Rafhay.
Plot: Section 26, Block 9A, Lot 1
Maintained by: Edward A Mallang 3rd
Originally Created by: Harv
Record added: Feb 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65752710