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S/SGT  Hansel H. ADKINS

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TG
SERIAL #: STATUS: FEH
MACR:

Comments1: LT PRATT CREW

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT WADE D. PRATT                    P IIC 12 MAY 45  CRASHED DISS - ATTLEBORO RD.
2ND LT HAROLD L. RINTOUL             CP IIC 12 MAY 45  CRASHED DISS - ATTLEBORO RD.
2ND LT JOHN CROTTY                   NAV FEH
2ND LT WILLIAM G. WOODRUFF     BOM FEH
   CPL ERNEST T. DAMATO           ROG FEH
   CPL ANTHONY SZOTT               TTE IIC 12 MAY 45  CRASHED DISS - ATTLEBORO RD.
   CPL ROBERT G. GUIDI                BTG IIC 12 MAY 45  CRASHED DISS - ATTLEBORO RD.
   CPL HANSEL H. ADKINS               TG FEH
   CPL WILLIAM M. LUCAS              WG FEH

418th Sqdn.. Crew joined 100th on 21 Jan 1945
Crew flew A/C 43-38821 LD-O "Girdle Girty" call sign "Rubber Oboe"  and also "Lay or Bust" 

On 12 may 45 Pratt, Rintoul, Szott, Guidi, S/Sgt VINCENT FERRANICE and 2nd Lt James T. Brand took off from Thorpe Abbotts in A/C #44-6790 on a night transition flight in the local area. Weather worsened, while the tower tried for 1 hour and twenty minutes before contacting the crew. When contact was established Pratt was advised to attempt a landing, the aircraft struck a tree and crashed about five miles W/NW of the base on the Diss - Attleboro Road.

Brand was KIC and all the others IIC.  The aircraft was destroyed.
--Records from Norton AFB 17 May 85….James R. Brown, Historian to pw (June 1991)

Missions of 2nd Lt Wade D. Pratt (mpf)

 1. 17/02/45 Frankfurt
 2. 19/02/45 Munster 
 3. 20/02/45 Nurnburg(crash landed Lay or Bust in Belgium due to flak damage)
 4. 23/02/45 Treuchtlingen
 5. 24/02/45 Bremen
 6. 28/02/45 Kassel
 7. 02/03/45 Dresden
 8. 03/03/45 Brunswick
 9. 07/03/45 Seigen
10. 08/03/45 Giessen
11. 09/03/45 Frankfurt
12. 14/03/45 Hanover
13. 17/03/45 Ruhland
14. 18/03/45 BERLIN (attacked by ME 262)
15. 19/03/45 Jena
16. 22/03/45 Alhorn
17. 23/03/45 Ziegenhain AF
18. 28/03/45 Hanover
19. 30/03/45 Hamburg
20. 31/03/45 Zeitz
21. 03/04/45 Kiel
22. 04/04/45 Kiel
23. 05/04/45 Nurnburg
24. 07/04/45 Buchen
25. 14/04/45 Royan 
26. 15/04/45 Royan
27. 17/04/45 Aussig
28. 18/04/45 Straubing


---> SUBMITTER INFORMATION
SUBMITTER: Beth Berry
EMAIL: xray-tech@comcast.net
PURPOSE: Report a death (TAPS)
INTEREST: I am the veteran's niece or nephew

---> TAPS REPORT
VETERAN: Hansel H. Adkins
DATE OF DEATH: 03/27/2006
FAMILY CONTACT: 163 Beechwood Lane
Chambersburg, PA 17201

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PHOTOS:

 Part of the Wade D. Pratt crew; kneeling L to R, John E. Crotty, William Lucas, standing; Wade Pratt ,Hansel H. Adkins, Anthony Szott,. Picture courtesy of Michael Pratt. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Part of the Wade D. Pratt crew, kneeling L to R, William Lucas, Robert Guidi, standing; Ernest T.DaMato, Anthony Szott, Hansel H. Adkins. Picture courtesy of Michael Pratt. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 

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