Adams, Kenneth Duncan (No. 106212)

Adams, Kenneth Duncan (Kenneth)

Pilot Officer (formerly Captain Royal Artillery)

No. 106212, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed on active service on Sunday 25 January 1942 (aged 31)

Buried:

Lisbon (St. George) British Churchyard, Portugal (Plot G1 Front Row Grave 16)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Rockport School Craigavad

Campbell College Belfast

BIOGRAPHY

Kenneth Duncan Adams was born on 2 August 1910 at 6 Eileen Gardens, Windsor Park, Belfast and he was a son of William George Duncan Adams and Wilhelmina (Mina) Adams (nee Stafford) who were married on 27 April 1904 in Osborne Park Methodist Church, Balmoral, Belfast.  William George Duncan Adamsfrom Adelaide Park, Belfast was a son of William Adams, a linen merchant.  Wilhelmina Stafford from Malone Park, Belfast was a daughter of John J. Stafford, a merchant.

The Adams family lived in Belfast at 15 Windsor Park and later at The Hill, Newforge, Malone Road.  William George Duncan Adams was a linen merchant and his business was in Adelaide Street, Belfast.  William and Mina Adams had at least three children:

Arthur William Stafford (born 4 April 1906 at 6 Eileen Gardens, Windsor Park, Belfast)

Margaret Kathleen (born 10 April 1909 at 6 Eileen Gardens, Windsor Park, Belfast)

Kenneth Duncan (born 2 August 1910 at 6 Eileen Gardens, Windsor Park, Belfast)

Kenneth Duncan Adams attended Rockport School, Craigavad and Campbell College, Belfast.  His older brother, Arthur William Stafford Adams, also attended Campbell College.  Kenneth’s father, William George Duncan Adams, died at The Hill, Newforge on 3 August 1940 (aged 61) and was buried in Belfast City Cemetery (Glenalina Extension Grave H 88).  His mother, Mina Adams, was living in Rock Cottage, Quintin, Portaferry when she died on 15 February 1973 (aged 97) and she was buried in the same grave.  Kenneth’s brother, Arthur William Stafford Adams, died on 8 November 1988 (aged 82) and was buried with his parents.

Before he joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Kenneth Duncan Adams was a Captain in the Royal Artillery.  He and Patricia Harrison of Kings Worthy, Winchester in Hampshire were married in St. Mary’s Church, Kings Worthy on 7 January 1942 – less than three weeks before Kenneth was killed.  Patricia Adams lived in Prestbury, Cheshire.  Pilot Officer Kenneth Duncan Adams was 31 years old when he died on 25 January 1942.  He was one of a crew of six aboard a Vickers Wellington IC aircraft (Z9098) that was on its way from RAF Portreath in Cornwall to Gibraltar.  As they were flying over the British Armed Boarding Vessel (ABV) HMS Loch Oskaig near Cape Carvoeiro in Portugal, shots fired in error from the ship’s anti-aircraft guns hit the aircraft. When they tried to land on a beach near Sesimbra, four of the crew were killed. Sergeant John Kevin Evans and Sergeant Leonard Francis James Harris were severely wounded.  In addition to Pilot Officer Kenneth Duncan Adams the other three crew members who died were:

  • Sergeant Noel Arnold Graystone (aged 25) from Purley, Surrey
  • Sergeant Hugh Berry (aged 21) from Fishponds, Bristol
  • Sergeant Thomas Patrick McBride (aged 24) from Bexleyheath, Kent

Sergeant Harris recovered from his injuries but was subsequently killed on 15 April 1943 and was buried in Durnbach War Cemetery in Germany.

Pilot Officer Kenneth Duncan Adams (No. 106212) is commemorated in Rockport School and in Campbell College.

There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone in Lisbon (St. George) British Churchyard, Portugal:

LET NO MAN FORGET

THE SUPREME SACRIFICE

MADE FOR FREEDOM

REST IN PEACE