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Orrin Merrill Crew
388th BG - 562nd BS
B-17G-65-BO #43-37642

Standing Left to Right" Frank Dykty (FE), Irwin W. Boxer (TOG), Cornelius H. Kelleher (R/O), Leonard Byster (BTG), Joseph O. Brabham (WG), Sylvio Messitti (TG)

Kneeling Left to Right: Orrin Merrill (P), Walter B. Soroe (CP), Lawrence J. Redmond (N), Jordan E. Phee (B)

Phee did not fly combat with this crew.
The photo was taken in the U.S. probably at Biggs AAF



  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb 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


  • Irwin Boxer

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Togglier/Nose Gunner
    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

  • Leonard Byster

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner/Radar Jammer

  • Frank Dykty

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner

  • Cornelius Kelleher

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

  • Orrin Merrill

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Sylvio Messitti

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Tail Gunner/Right Waist Gunner

  • Lawrence Redmond

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator


  • 43-37642

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Pyote 6/5/44; 236 BU Pyote 15/5/44; 235 BU Biggs 19/8/44; 225 BU Rapid City 22/3/45; 4003 BU Philadelphia 29/3/45; 225 BU Rapid City 28/4/45; 2114 BU Lockbourn 19/7/45; 2137 BU Hendricks 29/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
30 December 2017 21:14:40 466thHistorian Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations