S/Sgt. William C. Adamson - 419th Squadron
STAFF SERGEANT WILLIAM CHARLES ADAMSON was born on November 26, 1919 in Maryland to Charles and Isabel Adamson. Charles Adamson was a veteran of World War I. The Adamson family had previously lived in Washington DC where older sister Ellen was born in 1917. The family lived in New Jersey briefly in the 1920s before another move took them to Pennsylvania. The family moved to again, to 43 Lafayette Road, Audubon NJ early in 1930. The family later moved again to 49 Creston Road in Audubon. Charles Adamson operated a steamship ticket agency, the Camden Travel Service, at 211 North 6th Street in Camden NJ. He had served in the Army as a First Lieutenant during World War I, and was active in the American Legion.
William Charles Adamson graduated from Audubon High School in 1937, and completed a course at the South Jersey Law School, which became a part of Rutgers University's Camden campus years later. He was employed at the RCA factory in Camden prior to enlisting in the Army in December of 1941, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Assigned to the 419th Bomber Squadron, 301st Bomb Group, he was trained as a tail-gunner on a B-17 bomber. His unit moved to England, in July and August of 1942, and assigned to the Eighth Air Force. They began combat in September of 1942 and attacked submarine pens, airfields, railroads, bridges, and other targets on the Continent, primarily in France. After eight missions, the group was re-assigned to the Twelfth Air Force after moving to North Africa in November, 1942. The 301st bombed docks, shipping facilities, airdromes, and railroad yards in Tunisia, Sicily, and Sardinia, and attacked enemy shipping between Tunisia and Sicily. During Sergeant Adamson's tine overseas, he flew out of the following airfields:
Chelveston, England 9 Aug 1942
Tafaraoui, Algeria 26 Nov 1942
Maison Blanche, Algeria 5 Dec 1942
Biskra, Algeria 16 Dec 1942
Ain M'lila, Algeria 17 Jan 1943
St-Donat, Algeria 6 Mar 1943
Staff Sergeant William Charles Adamson was killed in an accident while serving in North Africa on March 13, 1943, on a day when the 301st Bomb Group was attacking shipping in the Sicilian straights. He was survived by his father, sisters Ellen and Virginia, and brothers John W., serving in the Navy, Joseph, serving in the Merchant Marine, Robert, and Ernest. Joseph Adamson survived the sinking of the SS Patrick Hurley in September of 1942.
The death of William Charles Adamson was reported in the April 6, 1943 edition of the Camden Courier-Post. On June 20, 1943 the South Jersey Law School in Camden conferred an honorary degree of LL.B. on Sergeant Adamson, at the annual commencement exercises.
After the war ended, William Charles Adamson was brought home to New Jersey. His body was returned to the United States aboard the USAT Barney Kirschbaum in May of 1948, and he was buried at Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly NJ on June 4th of that year. His father passed away March 5, 1952, and was also buried at Beverly.