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Merlin Harvey Verberg

Military

Bombardier of B-24 42-40749 'Sack Time Sally'.

Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40749.

Shot down by Me 109 fighters, Opeinde, Netherlands on 26-Nov-43 baled out and sheltered by resistance, captured by Gestapo during the journey to freedom, sent to Stalag Luft 1 till wars end.

Awards: DFC, AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

"Verberg on landing was taken to a safe house from where he was collected by a teenager in the Resistance Tiny Mulder. She brought him a change of clothes and a bike and they rode off hand-in-hand, openly past German soldiers, to her home where he stayed for some weeks.
Sadly on arrival in Amsterdam on the 21st December, the four men were collected by a 'red-headed' man who drove them straight to the enemy. Verberg kept in touch with Tiny Mulder after the war and they exchanged several visits until Tiny's death in 1993; a very brave woman."

Service

People

  • Roy Braly

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40749. B-24D, #42-40749, 'Sack Time Sally'. Shot down by fighters after mission to Bremen, Germany. Copilot Dean Dalton KIA. November 26, 1943.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 565th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-40749 'Sack-Time Sally'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 'Sack-Time Sally', flew on the Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Lt. Roy E. Braly, returning safely to Libya. Aug 1, 1943. ...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Grand Rapids, MI 21 August 1920

Son of Anne Verburg.

Enlisted Grand Rapids, MI 2 March 1942

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Assigned Benghazi, Libya 1943 – 23 November 1943

565th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Prisoner of War (POW) 9218 Opeinde, Netherlands 26 November 1943

Shot down by Me 109 fighters, Opeinde, Netherlands on 26-Nov-43 baled out and sheltered by resistance, captured by Gestapo during the journey to freedom.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany December 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2021 11:31:20 Al_Skiff Changes to firstname, biography, awards, person associations and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/662153130
https://www.fold3.com/record/84385646-merlin-h-verberg

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2020 21:34:35 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
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https://www.fold3.com/image/662153130
https://www.fold3.com/record/84385646-merlin-h-verberg

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2020 21:33:19 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, awards, events and unit associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/662153130
https://www.fold3.com/record/84385646-merlin-h-verberg

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2020 20:17:31 jmoore43 Changes to nickname
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Flagged as a "Possible DUPLICATE" in the Nickname field so an Admin can check out this person.

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2019 13:16:14 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 389th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2015 21:23:44 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.b24bestweb.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3493 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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