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John O Merrill

Military

Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mayen. Hit by flak in target area, engine ablaze, baled out successfully. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 12607.

Awards: DFC, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Richard Gilbert

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mayen. Hit by flak in target area, engine ablaze, baled out successfully. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 12607. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edwin Glorvigen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight engineer | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. 47 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mayen. Hit by flak in target area, engine ablaze, baled out successfully. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 12607. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Elmer Jarman

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio operator | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mayen. Hit by flak in target area, engine ablaze, baled out successfully. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 12607. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Julius Macewicz

    Military | Captain | Gee Operator | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mayen. Hit by flak in target area, engine ablaze, baled out successfully. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 12607. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Russell Newman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail gunner | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mayen. Hit by flak in target area, engine ablaze, baled out successfully. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 12607. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Laverne Wiersma

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mayen. Hit by flak in target area, engine ablaze, baled out successfully. His chute caught on the protruding loft-loading beam at a barn’s peak. As the American flyer dangled from...

  • Robert Wilson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mayen. Hit by flak in target area, engine ablaze, baled out successfully. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 12607. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 387th Bomb Group

    387th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 387th Bomb Group flew just under thirty missions with the Eighth Air Force before being transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943. The Group remained at Chipping Ongar, Essex after being reassigned and continued to hit targets in France....

  • 559th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-96092

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mayen. Hit by flak in target area, engine ablaze, baled out successfully. 7 x POW, 1 x KIA. MACR 12607.

Associated Place

  • Chipping Ongar

    Military site : airfield
    The air base was constructed by the 831st Engineer Battalion (Aviation) in late August 1942. The 387th Bomb Group were the only American group to be based there, flying B-26 Marauders in strategic missions over France, first for the Eighth and then for...

  • Stoney Cross

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as a secret, emergency airfield, Stoney Cross was developed during 1942-43 as an advance base for both fighters and bombers. Occupied by the RAF from January 1943, before construction was complete, the station had eventually three concrete...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ramsey County, MN, USA 1922
Enlisted Madison, WI, USA 21 May 1942
Based Chipping Ongar 1944 – 24 January 1945

Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF.

Shot down / baled out 56727 Mayen, Germany 24 February 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mayen. Hit by flak in target area, engine ablaze, baled out successfully. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 12607.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 24 February 1945 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2017 14:28:58 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.b26.com/marauderman/john_merrill.htm
https://www.fold3.com/image/28828679/?terms=42-96092
https://www.fold3.com/page/84382330_john_o%20merrill/details/

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