Memorial services were held at the First Baptist Church
in Carnegie, Sunday, May 29, 1945 at 3:30 for Staff Sgt. Jay Lee Adams
Jr. He was killed in action, near Olne, Liege, in the Walloon Region, of
Belgium, on Jan. 10, 1945, when his B-17 Bomber was shot down, and crash
landed near Olne, Belgium. Jay, was killed in flight, while Sgt Ray
Fairman was severely wounded. The remainder crew survived the crash
landing in the snow. Jay was ejected from the plane and his parachute
deployed but they were too low for the chute to deploy fully. He was
impaled upon impact with the ground. It is not known if he died from the
ejection or from the impalement.
Jay was originally interred at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Rue
du Mémorial Américain 159, 4852 Hombourg, Liège Belgium. GPS
Coordinates: Latitude: 50.69659, Longitude: 5.89884, on January 12th,
Jay Lee Adams Jr, married Mary Elizabeth Schlegel in 1936.
Jay is survived by his Paternal Father Mose Adams, his mother Suzanna
Poole, his wife Mary Elizabeth Adams (Schlegel), and his daughter Lois
Janet Adams, and 7 siblings.
Jay was preceded in death, by their first born son in 1940, Jay Lee
Adams 3rd, who died in infancy, and his paternal Grandfather and
Grandmother, John Calhoun Adams 1841 – 1930, and Susannah Back 1845 –
Sgt. Adams was 28 years old at the time of his death. He was a
waist-gunner on a B-17 Bombardment group out of Podington, UK, and was
on his 23rd combat mission over Nazi Germany.
He entered military service in the Army Air Force (USAAF Service Number
37533988) July 14, 1943.
His wife, Mary Elizabeth and his daughter Lois Janet (age 10 months),
were residents of Carnegie, OK., at the time of his death.
On October 7th, 1948, his remains were transported by truck to the Port
of Antwerp, Belgium, from where he was repatriated to the USA and
arrived by rail at the Sentinel, OK. train station, on January 8, 1949
@2:30 pm. He was immediately interred in the Sentinel Cemetery,
Sentinel, Oklahoma, with a full military honors Service. Rev. C.N.
Price, pastor, delivered a special memorial sermon for Jay, and W.F.
Taylor, the district commander of the VFW Post 143, and others, assisted
as the Honor Guard. The flag was presented to his daughter, Lois Janet
who was four years of age at the time.
A large stone marker has been commemorated as a memorial to Jay Lee
Adams, near Olne, Belgium. This memorial was realized by Madam Maria
Courtois and her family, and by the municipal administration of Olne,
Belgium. The memorial was inaugurated on November 11th, 2007. The
language on the marker plate, is in French.