Leiston Airfield (Station 373) and 357th & 358th Fighter Group Memorial
357th Fighter Group Roll of Honor
Fletcher Eugene Adams was born on August 2, 1921 in Ida, Louisiana. He was the son of Noel Loyd Adams and Blanche Shaw Adams. He served in the 362nd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group as a Captain during World War II. On May 30, 1944, he was shot down near Bernburg, Germany, by an Me-109. He was flying an early model P-51B, tail number 43-12468, named "Southern Belle." Fletcher managed to bail out of his crippled fighter but after touching ground, he was murdered by German civilians. CPT Adams' remains were returned to his hometown in the summer of 1949 and he now rests in the family plot in the Bethsaida Cemetery, Ida, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA.
Distinguished Flying Cross Citation:
Captain (Air Corps) Fletcher Eugene Adams (ASN: 0-740324), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a P-51 Fighter Fighter Pilot of the 362d Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in action against the enemy in aerial combat in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. The skillful and zealous manner in which he has sought out the enemy and destroyed him, his devotion to duty and courage under all conditions serve as an inspiration to his fellow flyers. His actions on all these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
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