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Meran Avedis Barsam Jr

Military

Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Watten in B-17 #42-29754 'Shangri-La Lil'. Flak hit in bomb bay, exploded and crashed at St Omer, near Merville, France. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 405

Awards: AM, PH (OLC).

Service

People

  • George Crockett

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 6 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Watten in B-17 #42-29754 'Shangri-La Lil'. Flak hit in bomb bay, exploded and crashed at St Omer, near Merville, France. 27-Aug-43 POW MACR 405. ...

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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. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 87

    27 August 1943
    This mission is the first attack by the USAAF on suspected V-Weapon sites. The German development of pilotless winged aircraft was first divulged to the British just shortly after the beginning of World War II in two letters sent to the British embassy...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ohio, USA October 1919

Son of Meran A and Hazel H [Robinson] Barsam.

Lived in Los Angeles, CA, USA 1941
Enlisted Los Angeles, CA, USA 10 April 1942

Los Angeles, California

Based Molesworth 1943 – 27 August 1943

Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Pilot training Ephrata, WA 98823, USA April 1943

Flight training Ephrata, Washington Apr-43.

Died Saint-Omer, France 27 August 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Watten in B-17 42-29754 'Shangri-La Lil'. Flak hit in bomb bay, exploded and crashed at St Omer, near Merville, France. KIA. MACR 405

Buried Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot C Row 4 Grave 23

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2020 18:23:48 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2020 18:43:01 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/38296716
https://www.fold3.com/record/529911318-meran-a-barsam-jr
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56642118/meran-avedis-barsam

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2020 02:07:07 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2018 11:53:36 Lucy May Changes to biography
Sources

Brought in sources from duplicate record: Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 405, http://303rdbg.com/rost-ab.html">http://303rdbg.com/rost-ab.html>

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2018 19:34:25 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/529911318-meran-a-barsam-jr
https://www.fold3.com/image/38296716
https://www.fold3.com/image/311039308?terms=Meran%20A%20Barsam
https://www.fold3.com/page/640968171-meran-a-barsam
https://www.fold3.com/page/84990364-meran-a-barsam-jr/facts
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-29754&Submit6=Go
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56642118/meran-avedis-barsam

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 405 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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