Merrill E Demas

Military

Object Number - UPL 28472 - Merrill Demas wedding photo 1944 after returning to the states.

SSgt. Merrill Demas flew on the low level Ploesti mission aboard the B-24D, Tarfu, as the tail gunner. He came home with shrapnel in his back from this mission. He was first assigned as a waist gunner, then, later, was a tail gunner for his remaining missions.

SSgt. Demas flew with these B-24 pilots :
Roper - 4 missions on, Yardbird - Exterminator
Cowart - 2 missions on, Thar She Blows
Hurd - 9 missions on, Tarfu - Queenie
Sedevic - 2 missions on, The Valient Virgin
Kemp - 8 missions on, God Bless Our Ship

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Units served with

The insignia of the 93rd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 329th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 329th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17038482 / O-?
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot / Pilot
A bomber crew of the 93rd Bomb Group with their B-24 Liberator nicknamed "Boomerang". A censor has obscured the insignia on the airmen's jackets. Passed as censored 5 Apr 1944. Printed caption on reverse: '"Boomerang" 53-Mission Liberator Goes Home. Associated Press Photo Shows:- Crew of the Liberator "Boomerang" before leaving for U.S. L-R squatting : 1st. Lt. William N. Ford of Jersey City, N.J. Navigator; Sgt. George C. Ewald of Norfolk, Va. crew chief; T/Sgt. Edwin D. Kleine of Long Island City, N.Y.,
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 329th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19077459 / O-?
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 329th Bomb Squadron 330th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 329th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16058971 / O-672885
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Thar She Blows
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 329th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Tarfu
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 329th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 1 August 1943
  • Official Description: 177 B-24’s, of IX Bomber Command (including Heavy Bombers on loan from Eighth AF) are dispatched to bomb oil refineries at Ploesti and nearby Campina. The operation (TIDALWAVE) is costly, 54 planes and 532 airmen being lost, but damage to the targets...

Places

  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Berka, al Birkah

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

South Barre, Vermont 11 May 1917

Died

South Barre, Barre, VT, USA 4 April 2005

Revisions

Date9 Feb 2022 12:30:06
ContributorKickapoo
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Punctuation, details added. - Kickapoo

Date8 Feb 2022 15:08:12
ContributorKickapoo
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Added details - Kickapoo

Date12 Jan 2019 04:24:11
Contributordemasb
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Personal family history and records

Date7 Jun 2017 17:06:54
Contributordemasb
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Mission specifics from various sources, research and family documents.

Date7 Jun 2017 16:54:42
Contributordemasb
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From our family collection

Date27 Sep 2014 18:20:06
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ploesti by Dugan & Stewart

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