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Lt. Merle B. Barth, from San Leandro, CA, enlisted in San Francisco on 3 February 1942. Earning two aerial victories while flying with the 368th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, on 11 July 1944 he was KIA on his 38th combat mission.



  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter 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

    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.


  • Merle Barth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with two confirmed aerial victories, aborted over the English Channel when he radioed that he was on fire in P-51D 44-14062. He was forced to bail out less than 10 miles from shore when his cockpit filled...


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
12 May 2019 16:57:28 Janet Fogg Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Photo courtesy Robert B. Hatter.
Archived by Char Baldridge, Historian, 359th Fighter Group Association.
Posted by Janet Fogg, 359th Fighter Group Historian.