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Meriwether Jones

Military

Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 4387

Awards: SS, AM (2OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • William Blanchard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 ...

  • Richard Bodwell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 ...

  • Victor Boffa

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kenneth Griffith

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 ...

  • Roger Jackson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 4387 Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH.

  • James Philbin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 ...

  • Leon Seman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Wounded by 20mm cannon shrapnel and burnt in fire. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387...

  • Francis Wooldridge

    Military | Master Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 ...

  • Vilas Yttri

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 455th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Meriwether Jones crew. 20+ combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 41-28640 'Raunchy'; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4387 ...

Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 742nd Bomb Squadron
  • 455th Bomb Group

    455th Bomb Group

    Group
    The group was activated July 1943 with four essentially stand-alone bomb squadrons: 740th, 741st, 742nd, and 743rd. After a somewhat nomadic training regimen with dilapidated equipment, the pieces of the group came together at Langley, VA in October...

Aircraft

  • 41-28640 Raunchy

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania with Meriwether Jones crew; Crashed Draconesti, Romania 21-Apr-44 8 x POW, 2 x KIA MACR 4387

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Richmond, VA 8 May 1920

Son of Roy Meriwether and Caroline Talbott [Armistead] Jones.

Based San Giovanni 1943 – 21 April 1944

Assigned to 742BS, 455th BG, 15AF USAAF.

Died Dracesti, Romania 21 April 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Bucharest, Romania in B-24 ; Crashed Draconesti. Romania KIA MACR 4387

Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Liege, Belgium
Plot D Row 11 Grave 45

Buried Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Richmond City, VA 1948

Memorialised
Hollywood Cemetery
Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2020 20:12:12 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28639525
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763642
https://www.fold3.com/record/529856307-meriwether-jones
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55903228/meriwether-jones
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/103243197/meriwether-jones

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