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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. W D McAdam


William David McAdam was born in 1915, the son of William and Janet Edwards McAdam of Grangemouth, Stirlingshire.

He joined the RAF in April 1935 as an Aircrafthand but later remustered as an Air Gunner. After training he was posted to 23 Squadron operating Blenheims at Collyweston in early July 1940.



He served with 23 Squadron throughout the Battle and was still with them in August 1941. On the night of 31st August/1st September he was aboard Havoc I AW404 on a night intruder mission to Gilze-Rijen in Holland. The aircraft was hit by flak in the vicinity of Haamstede and came down on a sandbank near Schouwen.

The pilot, F/O DA Thomas, baled out and was made PoW. Of the other crew Sgt. RS Bryer was never found and McAdam’s body was washed ashore, initially buried at Zeebrugge but now resting at Adagem Canadian Cemetery, Belgium.

McAdam was 26 years old.






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