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Merlin Edward Beise


Assigned 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. End Of War.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


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. ...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 357th Fighter Squadron


  • 43-6722 'Dizzy Miss'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Written Off - War Weary, after Taxiing Accident Steeple Morden/Sta 122 Cat 3 damage, 9-Feb-45.

Associated Place

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...


Event Location Date
Born Chisago County, MN, USA 19 September 1924

Son of Edward and Irene [Schmalz] Beise.

Lived in Grandy, MN, USA 1942
Enlisted Minneapolis, MN, USA 9 December 1942
Based Steeple Morden 25 January 1945 – May 1945

Assigned 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 9 February 1945

Taxiing Accident Steeple Morden/Sta 122 Cat 3 damage Lt Merlin E Beise, 9-Feb-45.

P-51B10 43-6722W - 357FS 355FG 8AF

Promotion Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK April 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

End of War Europe May 1945

End of War.

Died St Paul, MN, USA 24 October 2000
Buried Rush City, MN 55069, USA November 2000

Calvary Catholic Cemetery
Rush City
Chisago County