Adin Simms Batson

1/17/17 - 10/10/91

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Photo courtesy of Art Koutras

Adin Batson was born in Anniston, Ala. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Forces as a navigator on a B‑24 bomber of the 448th Bomb Group, 714th Bomber Squadron. During a bombing mission on February 21, 1944, his plane was attacked by German FW‑190s. They were shot down and 8 of the 10 crew members, including Adin, managed to bail out. They were captured and interned as POWs in Stalag Luft I near Frankfurt, Germany. He left the USAAF with the rank of major and was awarded a Purple Heart.

Adin was a navigator at Seaboard during the Vietnam War years.

Adin Batson is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Mary Margaret Watkins Batson. He is seen here in 1969 or 1970.


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