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Norman Vere Maxwell Adams     

 

Servicenumber : 129156
Rank : Lieutenant
Regiment : The Glider Pilot Regiment
Unit : No.1 Wing
Date of Death : 18-09-1944
Age : 27
Grave :
Norman Vere Maxwell Adams was born in july 1918 in Boroughmuirhead district, Edinburgh City. He was the eldest a son of Dr. Daniel Vere Maxwell Adams (1875-1953) and Edith Anne Maxwell Adams (nee Williams). He had one brother.
Adams was educated at Cargilfield prep school, Fettes College and Edinburgh University. He completed two years as a medical student.  
Adams married Hilda Mary Cook of Hunstanton, Norfolk in 1942. They had one son.
On 27 april 1940 Adams was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Artillery. He served with the Lanarkshire Yeomanry. On 25 march 1942 he transferred to the Glider Pilot Regiment, where he served with No.13 Flight, D Squadron.
Adams was wounded on Sicily. 
In september 1944 Adams was a section commander of D Squadron. He was pilot of a horsa glider (chalknumber 457). On 17 september 1944 he should have landed near Wolfheze with the 1st lift. But because of some reason he didn't. 
On 18 september 1944 he flew to Arnhem on the 2nd lift. He left from Keevil airfield. Adams' horsa crashlanded in the North Sea and Adams drowned. The rest of the people inside the horsa were saved. 
Adams has no known grave. His name is on panel 8 of the Groesbeek Memorial, which commemorates by name more than 1000 soldiers who died during te campaign in north-west Europe between the time of crossing the Seine at the end of August 1944 and the end of the war in Europe, and whose graves are not known. 
 
Sources: Website CWGC, Website www.marketgarden.com, website www.paradata.org.uk and website http://www.unithistories.com/   

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