Flight Lieutenant Murray Adams was born on 15 July 1919 in Hawthorne, Victoria, Australia. He enlisted on 18 September 1940 Mansfield, Victoria.

He flew with 250 Sqn in the North Africa; Gladiators, Hurricanes, Tomahawks, Kittyhawks and into Italy on Spitfires as well.

Murray Adams was then posted to 80 Squadron to fly Tempests. After the CO went unserviceable on a sweep, he had to led the Tempest wing. He said it was amazing leading 36 Tempests as a Flying Officer!

He flew to London in 2013 and attended the 80 Sqn reunion. Funny story was he said "only young guys were there!"

Murray Adams passed away on 5 October 2015.



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Australian World War II fighter pilot Murray Adams recalls tales of survival, bravery and derring-do

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Randal W McFarlane

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