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Merl F Hoyle


Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Wiggingen on 9/8/44 in B-24 Silent Yokum #4250581




  • Roy Guy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Wiggingen on 9/8/44 in B-24 Silent Yokum #4250581 POW

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron


Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


Event Location Date
Born North Benton, OH 44449, USA 9 August 1923
Shot Down Wittingen, Germany 8 September 1944
POW Barth, Germany 20 September 1944 – 31 May 1945

Stalag Luft I

Died Canfield, OH 44406, USA 14 October 2007

Husband of
1. Jean nee HASSE
2. Patricia nee DARNEY (Jones)
Son of Earl C. and Ella G. Hartzell Hoyle
B. 9 Aug 1923 in North Benton, Mahoning Co. OH
D. 14 Oct 2007 in Canfield, Mahoning Co. OH 84y 2m 5d
Burial – 18 Oct 2007 in Canfield Village Cemetery, Canfield, Mahoning Co. OH

Lane Funeral Home Online obituary
"There will be a Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Thursday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Canfield for Merl F. Hoyle, of Canfield, who passed away Sunday afternoon at his home. He was born August 9, 1923 in North Benton the only son of the late Earl C. and Ella G. Hartzell Hoyle. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Canfield, graduated from Sebring High School in 1941, and attended Muskingum College. He was a B-24 Bomber co-pilot and a German POW during WWII, then graduated from Mt. Union College in 1949. He sold construction and mining equipment for W.W. Williams Co., and Ohio Machinery Co., retiring in 1985. He was also a member of the Mt. Union Alumni Association, the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, the Civil War Round Table, the World War Two Heritage Group, AX- POW, 466th Bomb Group Assoc, Second Air Division Assoc, and 43-K Aviation Cadet Assoc. Merl was a former member of Colony Club and a former Trustee of the Villas at the Preserves. He married Jean Hasse September 16, 1950, and she passed away August 30, 1993. He leaves his second wife Patricia Darney Jones whom he married April 2, 1997; two sons: Thomas F. (Michele) Hoyle of Upper Arlington, and J. Brian Hoyle of Canfield; one sister Helen Weir of Alliance; two grandchildren: Caroline and Patrick Hoyle; six step children: Kasey Jones of Atlanta, GA, Laurie (Kevin) Best of Manlius, NY, Mark (Becky) Jones of Columbus, Eric (Deirdre) Jones of Cardington, Dr. Brian (Krista) Jones of Wadsworth, and Craig (Maura) Jones of Rochester, NY; and fourteen step grandchildren. Besides his parents and first wife, Merl is preceded in death by two sisters: Vallaise Bullis, and Ruth Phillips; one step son William Jones, and a step granddaughter Clare. Memorial contributions may be made to Forum Health at Home Hospice, 8747 Squires Lane, Warren, OH 44484, the Canfield Presbyterian Church or a charity of the donor's choice. Friends may call from 5 PM until 8 PM Wednesday at the Lane Funeral Home Canfield Chapel, where closing prayers will be recited at 9:40 AM Thursday."

Note: WW II - B-24 Bomber co-pilot and a German POW

Buried Canfield, OH 44406, USA 18 October 2007

Canfield Village Cemetery
Mahoning County
Ohio, USA


Date Contributor Update
03 July 2015 00:10:46 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:04 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8611 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database