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Merlin Earl Isbell

Military

Assigned to 514FS, 406FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to return, shot down in P-47D 42-8409 by Bf109 on armed recon to St Lo Area, crashed Argentan, Isbell was wounded, bailed out at a low altitude, was captured and died the following day from his wounds. KIA. 10-Jun-44. MACR 6217.

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-8409

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 514FS, 306FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to return, shot down by Bf109 on armed recon to St Lo Area, crashed Argentan, pilot 2nd Lt Merlin Earl Isbell wounded, bailed out at a low altitude, captured and died the...

Associated Place

  • Ashford

    Military site : airfield
    Built as an Advanced Landing Ground for the RAF in 1942-1943, Ashford was improved and made ready for the Ninth Air Force in 1944. The 406th Fighter Group operated from the airfield in 1944, before the airfield was returned to RAF use and returned to...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hanna City, IL 61536, USA 1922

Son of Earl Isbell and Alice E [Swadinsky] Isbell.

Shot down / WIA 61200 Argentan, France 10 June 1944

Failed to return, shot down in P-47D 42-8409 by Bf109 on armed recon to St Lo Area, crashed Argentan, Isbell was wounded, bailed out at a low altitude, was captured and died the following day from his wounds. KIA. 10-Jun-44. MACR 6217.

Died France 11 June 1944

Having been shot down 10-Jun-44 died the following day from his wounds. KIA.

Buried Hanna City, IL 61536, USA 1949

Smithville Cemetery
Hanna City
Peoria County
Illinois, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2016 09:37:54 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-8409&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/29400434
http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=2443&PHPSESSID=488ba3...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Isbell&GSfn=Merlin...

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