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Merle R Capp


78th FG 84th FS. Distinguished Flying Cross awarded 23rd September 1944 for extraordinary achievement as follows:
“MERLE R. CAPP, 0-812770, 1st Lieutenant, 78th Fighter Group, Army Air Forces, United States Army. For extraordinary achievement as fighter pilot in aerial combat over Germany and German occupied Continental Europe. The courage and skill with which Lieutenant Capp flew his aircraft and engaged attacking enemy fighters have on many occasions assisted heavy bomber formations to reach their targets and return to their bases with a minimum of loss. The devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Capp on these escort flights and his disregard for personal safety in exposing himself to the hazards of low-level flying on strafing missions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Army Air Forces.
By command of Major General Partridge
Captain F E Fitzpatrick, Air Corps Acting Ass. Adjutant General

Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME, PH.


Units served with

Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Born Ohio, USA 24 October 1922

Son of George Raymond and Cleon [Rowley] Capp.

Based Duxford 29 April 1944 – 14 July 1944

Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A Destroyed Germany 12 May 1944

E/A destroyed Germany. 12-May-44.

E/A Destroyed Germany 19 May 1944

E/A destroyed Germany. 19-May-44.

Promotion Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR, UK 4 July 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Transferred Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR, UK 14 July 1944 – 19 September 1944

Transferred to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 19 September 1944

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Crashed Francis S. Gabreski Airport, S Perimeter Rd, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978, USA 21 September 1945

Take Off Accident Suffolk County AAF NY 1Lt Merle R Capp, 21-Sep-45.

TP-47D 44-90462 - 132AAFBU 1AF

Buried 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209, USA November 1945

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA

Died Elmira, NY, USA 8 November 1945

Fatal Mid Air Collision 5 Miles NW Elmira, NY Cat 4 damage 1Lt Merle R Capp, 8-Nov-45.

P-47N 44-88940 - 132BU 1AF.


Date Contributor Update
04 October 2017 18:19:25 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2015 12:34:52 Lucy May Changes to role and events

Combined two entries for Merle R Capp. This entry now includes information from the following source:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / EAGLES OF DUXFORD, The 78th Fighter Group in WW2 by Fry, p132

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2015 13:33:17 Anne Hughes Changes to biography

Commendation award detail

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

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list