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Merle B Barth

Military

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 with smoke. Killed in Action (KIA). 20-Nov-44. MACR 10474.

Awards: AM (4 OLC), PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    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

    Squadron
    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.

Aircraft

  • 44-14062

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Starboard wing repaired after 6ft ripped off in train strafing incident in Amiens, collided with tree. Failed to Return (FTR) mission aborted over the English Channel, pilot radioed that he was on fire. A/C...

  • 44-11159 'California Cowboy'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Alameda, CA, USA 1923
Lived in San Leandro, California 1941
Enlisted San Francisco, CA, USA 3 February 1942
Based East Wretham 11 July 1944 – 20 November 1944

Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 10 miles Off Orford Ness, Woodbridge IP12, UK 20 November 1944

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 with smoke. Killed in Action (KIA). 20-Nov-44. MACR 10474.

Buried 1945

Tablets of the Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 September 2016 20:42:19 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Barth
https://www.fold3.com/page/84977571_merle_b%20barth/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/29249873/?terms=44-14062

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 10474 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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