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Merle F Allen Jr


Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 Victory and 2 shared. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: DFC, AM (6 OLC), WWII Victory.


Units served with

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 364th Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...


Event Location Date
Lived in Avon Park, FL 33825, USA 1940
Assigned Leiston, Suffolk IP16, UK 12 June 1944 – 19 November 1944

Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A Shared Germany 20 June 1944

E/A Shared 20-Jun-44.

E/A Shared Germany 29 June 1944

E/A Shared 29-Jun-44.

Promotion Leiston, Suffolk IP16, UK 12 July 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

E/A Destroyed Germany 13 September 1944

E/A destroyed 13-Sep-44.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 19 November 1944

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).


Date Contributor Update
05 July 2016 17:29:28 Al_Skiff Changes to suffix, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:05 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / The 357th Over Europe