Boyd Adkins

359th Fighter Group 10/24/1944



  1. Combat
  2. 24 October, 1944
  3. 368th Fitr Sq, 359th Fitr Gp.
  4. 1445
  5. Vicinity Nordhausen, Germany
  6. Thick haze, poor visibility, overcast to ground.
  7. FW 190
  8. 1 FW 190 destroyed, 1 loco damaged, 1 barge damaged, and 1 truck damaged.


I was yellow two when we let down over target area. I lost the rest of the flight in the haze and I began to search for a target. I made 3 passes on a barge in a canal and observed strikes. I then made 3 passes on a large truck and observed strikes. On the last pass I observed smoke coming out of the front of the truck. I then flew SW for about 5 minutes along a railroad and made 3 passes on a lone locomotive, observing strikes on every pass. I then started West still on the deck. I saw 10 or 12 barrage ballons at about 500 feet. I pulled up to the right and started to join up with a plane which I though was one of my buddies, until I was close enough to see the marking on his vertical finn. I dropped flaps and slid in trail with him at close range. I gave him about a 3 second burst and observed strikes in the right wing and tail section. I also observed white smoke coming from this plane. He started a medium turn to the left increasing his bank and dive. He crashed in a field and burnt.


     I claim 1 FW 190 destroyed. 1 loco damaged, 1 barge damaged, and 1 truck damaged.


  1. Serial No. of A/C: 6693

A/C a Markings: CV-M

Ammunition Expended: 1060 rds API.


                             BOYD N. ADKINS, JR.,

                             F/O, Air Corps.



1st Lt. Air Corps,


Official US Army Air Forces Combat Report by Boyd Adkins of the 359th Fighter Group. This material is a transcription of official reports-testimonials of Boyd Adkins's combat experience.

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