Henry James McAdam

Sergeant Henry James McAdam of Belfast died on 1st September 1943 while on a bombing raid over Berlin, Germany with R.A.F. 77 Squadron, Bomber Command.


Henry James McAdam


Sergeant Henry James McAdam (547995) served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. He was the son of Thomas McAdam and Margaret McAdam of Belfast.

Sergeant McAdam was an air gunner of Handley Page Halifax DT643 when it sustained flak damage of 10th July 1943. His crew took off at 2314hrs from R.A.F. Elvington, Yorkshire, England for a raid on Gelsenkirchen, Germany. They hit their targets from around 19,000 feet, sustaining slight damage and returning to base at 0512hrs.

On 26th July 1943, McAdam was the only member of the above crew not on Handley Page Halifax JB838 when it was shot down over Essen, Germany killing all on board.

Death in Germany

Sergeant McAdam died on 1st September 1943 aged 23 years old while serving in R.A.F. 77 Squadron. He was an air gunner on Handley Page Halifax JD418 KN-A. The crew took off at 2028hrs on 31st August 1943 from R.A.F. Elvington, Yorkshire, England on a raid over Berlin, Germany. Six members of the crew died and two became prisoners of war when the Halifax failed to return.

Sergeant McAdam’s grave is in Section 1, Row E, Grave 17 of Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany. His headstone bears the inscription:

God took him home. It was His will but in our hearts he liveth still. Our son.

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