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Merton H Rasmussen


Damaged by flak and ditched in channel in B-17 'Thunder Ball' #42-107216, Killed in Action (KIA).


Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 511th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107216

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 27/3/44; Kearney 6/4/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-Y] Polebrook 7/5/44; sustained battle damaged (34m over Ulm 9/8/44 with Jim Myl, Co-pilot: Orville Bzoskie, Navigator: Mike O’Shea, Bombardier: Bob Pacquer, Flight...

Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...


Event Location Date
Born Lead, South Dakota, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Belgium 9 August 1944
Died 9 August 1944


Date Contributor Update
15 September 2021 03:00:28 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:06 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7391 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database