Orrin Merrill Crew
388th BG - 562nd BS
Standing Left to Right" Frank Dykty (FE), Irwin W. Boxer (TOG), Cornelius H. Kelleher (R/O), Leonard Byster (BTG), Joseph O. Brabham (WG), Sylvio Messitti (TG)
Kneeling Left to Right: Orrin Merrill (P), Walter B. Soroe (CP), Lawrence J. Redmond (N), Jordan E. Phee (B)
Phee did not fly combat with this crew.
The photo was taken in the U.S. probably at Biggs AAF
The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...
Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Togglier/Nose Gunner
Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Kraslice on 3/5/45 in B-17 #4297542 due to mechanical failure Plane was 'City of Savannah'
Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner/Tail Gunner
Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner/Radar Jammer
Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner
Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator
Retired with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant from the USAF.
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Tail Gunner/Right Waist Gunner
Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Pyote 6/5/44; 236 BU Pyote 15/5/44; 235 BU Biggs 19/8/44; 225 BU Rapid City 22/3/45; 4003 BU Philadelphia 29/3/45; 225 BU Rapid City 28/4/45; 2114 BU Lockbourn 19/7/45; 2137 BU Hendricks 29/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...
Military site : airfield
Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...