He enlisted in the USAAF on 13 June 1939 in Alhambra, California, noted to be a widower without dependents. Trained in the maintenance and function of all weapons on the B-25, he was the armorer and a gunner (all enlisted doubled as gunners) 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. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. He is remembered on the Manila American Cemetery, Fort William McKinley, Philippines. The family placed a marker in the Glenwood Cemetery, Groveton, Trinity County, Texas.
His brother, Bennie A. Burke, served during WW II: enlisted 13 March 1940 at Houston, Texas, and was honorably discharged a Corporal on 6 October 1945. He died 9 August 1979 and is buried in the Glenwood Cemetery, Groveton, Trinity Co., Texas.
ADAMS, JACK HARBOTTLE RAEMOND, Master Sergeant, # 6538971, USAAF
The birth record states that Raemond Harbottle Adams was born 19 July 1903 to William Robert Adams and Agnes M. Harbottle in York, Ontario, Canada. The 1911 census of South Toronto, Ontario, Canada, provides an address of 1255 West King, residence of William Adams, age 21 (1883- ), Mae Adams, age 26 (1885- ), and John Adams, age 7 (1903- ). The annotation in ancestry.com indicates a father of John Ridley, French, but that is merely the first name on the census page. Jack H. Adams was born 19 July 1903 in Canada and was a naturalized U.S. citizen. In 1940 he was a U.S. Army Technical Sergeant, two years of college, residing in Honolulu, Hawaii. He petitioned for naturalization in the U.S. District Court, San Francisco, giving a residence of Monterey, California, stating he was a soldier in the U.S. Army. He said he was born in Toronto, Canada on 19 July 1903 and filed his declaration of intent to become a U.S. citizen on 3 September 1937 in the Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. District Court. E identified his wife as Winifred Adams (born Olympia, WA, in 1913), and said they were married 9 December1939 in Olympia, Washington. He emigrated to the U.S. from Windsor, Canada, through Port Huron, Michigan, on 7 January 1923 on the Grand Trunk Rail Road. At the time of petition, he was assigned to the 3rd Balloon Squadron. He signed the citizenship oath of allegiance on 22 April 1940. The petition was granted; No. 4661868.