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Merle G Aunspaugh

Military

Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in flying accident carrying out mock strafing attack during gunnery practice in P-51C 42-103793, flew into tree, ripping off a wing and crashed. Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA). Polebrook. 2-Mar-45.

Awards: PH.

Service

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. ...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.

Aircraft

  • 42-103793 'Dimples II' 'San'tone Sweetheart'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Harry F Cuzner. Re-assigned to Lt James R Parsons. Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed fatally carrying out mock strafing attack during gunnery practice, flew into tree, ripping...

Associated Place

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Gothenburg, Nebraska 20 April 1924

Son of George H and Lily C [Cross] Aunspaugh.

Lived in Dawson County, NE, USA 1941
Enlisted Omaha, NE, USA 31 October 1942

Omaha, Nebraska

Assigned Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK January 1945 – 2 March 1945

Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Polebrook, Peterborough PE8, UK 2 March 1945

Killed in flying accident carrying out mock strafing attack during gunnery practice in P-51C 42-103793, flew into tree, ripping of a wing and crashed. Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA). Polebrook. 2-Mar-45.

Buried Cambridge American Cemetery 3 March 1945

Interred
Cambridge American Cemetery
Coton, Cambs, UK

Buried Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, NE 1948

Re-Interred
Gothenburg Cemetery
Gothenburg
Dawson County
Nebraska, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2020 12:25:28 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, biography and events
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Aunspaugh
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Aunspaugh%2C+Merle
https://www.geni.com/people/Lt-Merle-G-Tot-Aunspaugh/6000000004589708549
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=30141282

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2020 02:41:00 jmoore43 Changes to nickname and biography
Sources

Added the words "Possible DUPLICATE" in the nickname field so an admin can check out this person.
Corrected a typo in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
31 July 2016 17:13:36 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, awards and events
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Aunspaugh
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Aunspaugh%2C+Merle
https://www.geni.com/people/Lt-Merle-G-Tot-Aunspaugh/6000000004589708549
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=30141282

Date Contributor Update
31 July 2016 16:47:07 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Aunspaugh
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Aunspaugh%2C+Merle
https://www.geni.com/people/Lt-Merle-G-Tot-Aunspaugh/6000000004589708549
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Aunspaugh&GSfn=Mer...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / Unit History

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