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Larry G Messinger


Shot down in A/C #297163 on 13 September 1944 on Merseburg synthetic oil mission. Plane received permission to land in France after 2 engins were out nad a 3rd was running erratic. Returned to duty.



  • Luis Coppola

    Military | Captain | Pilot on B-17 | 379th Bomb Group

Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97163

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/44; Kearney 16/2/44; Presque Is 28/2/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-R] Kimbolton 9/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 13/9/44 with Larry Messenger, Co-pilot: Tom Marineau, Navigator: Melvin Halstead, Radio Operator: Grant Powers...


Event Location Date
Born Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Returned (RTD) Germany 13 September 1944


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:07 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8899 / MACR 8899; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 323 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database