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Orrin Stephenson Merrill

Military

Service

People

  • Irwin Boxer

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Togglier/Nose Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed near Kraslice on 3/5/45 in B-17 #4297542 due to mechanical failure Plane was 'City of Savannah' POW

  • Joseph Brabham

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner/Tail Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Leonard Byster

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner/Radar Jammer | 388th Bomb Group

  • Frank Dykty

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Cornelius Kelleher

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 388th Bomb Group
    Retired with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant from the USAF.

  • Sylvio Messitti

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Tail Gunner/Right Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group

  • Lawrence Redmond

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Rueben Roth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 388th Bomb Group
    Flew around 28 missions as pilot of crew, then transferred to lead squardron.

  • John Saulsberry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pathfinder Operator | 388th Bomb Group

  • Walter Soroe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    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...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97210 Jamaica Ginger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/44; Kearney 27/2/44; Grenier 9/3/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 22/3/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-97760

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/2/44; 1SAG Langley 12/3/44; Dow Fd 29/5/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 31/5/44; Salvaged 9AF Germany 11/1/46.

  • 43-38385

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/7/44; Hunter 5/8/44; Dow Fd 18/8/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 22/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 30/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 43-38873

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 2/10/44; Dow Fd 23/10/44; Assigned 385BG Gt Ashfield 25/10/44; transferred 561BS/388BG Knettishall 26/10/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 7/1/46.

  • 44-8146

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 20/6/44; Langley 6/7/44; Dow Fd 7/9/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 9/9/44; Salvaged 9AF Germany 28/2/46; RetUS, 613 BU Phillips 29/4/46.

  • 44-8251

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 26/7/44; Hunter 25/8/44; Grenier 16/9/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 19/9/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 20/6/45; Sth Plains 3/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 25/11/45.

  • 44-8540 Round Trip

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/10/44; Hunter 1/11/44; with Paul Quinn force landed Dow Fd 18/11/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-W] Snetterton 22/1/45; transferred 562BS/388BG Knettishall /45; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 44-8549 Just Joyce

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/10/44; Hunter 5/11/44; Grenier 3/12/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 16/12/44; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 8/1/46. JUST JOYCE.

Missions

  • 681

    17 October 1944

  • 682

    18 October 1944

  • 685

    22 October 1944

  • 688

    25 October 1944

  • 689

    26 October 1944

  • 698

    2 November 1944

  • 700

    4 November 1944

  • 702

    5 November 1944

  • 736

    4 December 1944

  • 745

    10 December 1944

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Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Preston, ID 83263, USA 6 May 1920
Lived in Franklin County, ID, USA 1942
Enlisted Miami, FL, USA 3 February 1943
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 17 October 1944 – 30 March 1945

Completed 31 combat missions before hostilities ended

Died Colorado Springs, CO, USA 5 February 2005
Buried Colorado Springs, CO, USA 9 February 2005

Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Mausoleum • Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 December 2017 00:27:36 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-MER05-...
http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=708385
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/142269565/orrin-stephenson-merrill

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.388bg.info/Personnel.html

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