His declaration of intention (# 23999, dated 18 September 1923) to petition for citizenship was filed in Hawaii when he was assigned to the 6th Pursuit Squadron, Wheeler Field, was a U.S. Army soldier, age 34, and described himself as 5’6”, 145 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on 19 July 1903. He was married to Beaulah May Simmons, born on 23 March1904 in Ramona, Oklahoma; on 25 September 1929, at Colton, San Bernardino, California. Their residence was at Wheeler Field, Hawaii, and he had two children, Vivienne Pearl Adams, born 26 July 1921, at Roseville, California, and Betty Grace Adams, born 234 August 1936, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, both residing with them at Wheeler Field, Hawaii.
An affidavit was filed in support of petition no. 49457 (Naturalization # 4661868) in San Francisco. He swore that he entered the U.S. Army on 18 November 1927, service # 6538971, and was first honorably discharged 17 November 1930. He re-enlisted 18 November 1930, was honorably discharged 17 November 1933; re-enlisted 18 November 1933 and honorably discharged 17 November 1936; re-enlisted 18 November 1936, honorably discharged 17 November 1939; re-enlisted 18 November 1939 and was still on active duty. His certificate of arrival via the G.T.R.R. gives the name “John Adams”, arrival on 7 January 1923, at Port Huron, Michigan. Witnesses to his petition were Jack Hall and Herbert B. Turner, Monterey, California. On 18 September 1923, he swore that he was age 21, a chauffeur, was 5’6”, 125 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes; he was born in Toronto, Canada, on 19 July 1902 and then resided at 5711 La Mirada Ave., Los Angeles, CA. He emigrated to the U.S. from Windsor, Canada, on the Canadian Pacific Railway, and was single. He renounced his allegiance to George V, King of Great Britain and Ireland, and arrived at the Port of Detroit, Michigan, on 10 January 1923. The Thurston County, Washington, marriage certificate, # 16678, states a Justice of the Peace, Van R. Hinkle, of Olympia, WA, states that on 9 December 1939 Jack Harbottle Adams married Winifred May Lovelace, both of Pierce County, WA. Witnesses: John S. Tyrel Jr. and Louise Jarbae.
On 12 February 1944, of the B-25-D, # 41-30369, assigned to 491st Bomb Squadron, 341st Bomb Group, detached to 5320th Air Defense Wing, 311th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, departed Dinjan air base, India, on combat mission to bomb and provide offensive reconnaissance. Darkness came shortly after aircraft crossed the Hump. The aircraft did not return from its mission. No search made. Ground troops notified. When he was lost in the crash in Burma, he was assigned to the Headquarters Company, 311th Fighter-Bomber Group, Colonel Charles G. Chandler, Commander, at Dinjan, India. Constituted as 311th Bombardment Group (Light) on 28 January 1942. Activated on 2 March 1942. Redesignated 311th Bombardment Group (Dive) in July 1942, 311th Fighter-Bomber Group in Sep 1943, and 311th Fighter Group in May 1944. Trained with V-72 aircraft. Moved to India, via Australia, Jul-Sep 1943. Assigned to Tenth AF. Operating from India and using the A-36 and P-51, Mustang (the fighter-bomber had wider flaps and wings), the group supported allied ground forces in northern Burma; covered bombers that attacked Rangoon, Insein, and other targets; bombed enemy airfields at Myitkyina and Bhamo; and conducted patrol and reconnaissance missions to help protect transport planes that flew the Hump route between India and China. Moved to Burma in July 1944 and continued to support ground forces, including Merrill's Marauders; also flew numerous sweeps over enemy airfields in central and southern Burma. Moved to China in August 1944 and assigned to Fourteenth A.F. Escorted bombers, flew interception missions, struck the enemy's communications, and supported ground operations, serving in combat until the end of the war. Ferried P-51's from India for Chinese Air Force in November 1945. Returned to the US in Dec 1945. Inactivated on 6 January 1946. He was awarded the Purple Heart medal. For his many years of honorable military service, he would have earned the Army Good Conduct Medal with several clusters, the National Defense medal, the Pacific Campaign medal and likely many others. He is remembered on the Manila American Cemetery, Fort William McKinley, Philippines.