Adrian Leonard Shutes

Sgt    18124339    614th
1906 - 1944

Left Waist Gunner aboard 42-38002

     Adrian was born Dec 23, 1906, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
     They later moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

     Adrian married in Jan 1930 in Philadelphia, PA to Florence Marie Buhler (1909-1979)
     They had one son: Adrian Leonard Shutes II (1930-2011).

     In Oct 21, 1942 he enlisted to the air corps.

     In 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG
     His last mission, Feb 22, 1944, Target: Magdeburg, The plane was shot down by fighters and flak.
     8 men were POW's and 2 men KIA.
     He was awarded with an Air Medal and a Purple Heart Medal

     In 1944, when Adrian died on the age of 37 he left behind his family :

         His wife, Florence Shutes, age 38
         His son, Adrian Shutes, age 14

Top Row L - R : Unknown - Unknown - Unknown - ADRIAN L. SHUTES - Edward Trambitsky - Unknown
front row L-R : Vernon A. Arneson - Unknown - Unknown - George J. Gilmore Jr.

Mission to Magdeburg, germany, When last seen at 14:50 it was heading north with two fighters on his tail and was losing altitude rapidly.
Chrashed near Alvesse, Germany

     Sgt Shutes departed from Deenthorpe
     His aircraft left formation on the way to Oschersleben when it was
     attacked by three German fighters.

     It returned to formation shortly before reaching Oschersleben with
     moderate damage.

     Upon completing their mission, they joined the formation for the
     return leg, only to be jumped again by two more German fighters.

     The Captain veered off course to separate themselves from the
     The Bomber continued until out of sight.

     Adrian was struck by a 20mm shell that pierced the B17 as it was
     He was killed instantly and shortly afterwards the fighter was shot
     With substantial damages the aircraft crash landed near Alvesse, Germany.

     The Red Cross later exhumed his body and moved it to the U.S. Military Cemetery in Margraten, Holland.
     His body was returned to the United States in Nov. 1948 and was interred at the Ivy Hill Cemetery in
     Philadelphia, PA.

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