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Merlin Howard Reed

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Bombs from the 'High Group' knocked the tail section off B-17G #42-37781 'Silver Dollar' and crashed near Osdorf on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3005, 19 combat missions.

Service

People

  • Robert Casey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 384th, BG 546th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #121 dated 18 October 1943, Merlin Reed Crew. 29 combat missions.

  • Peter Gudyka

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Bombs from the 'High Group' knocked the tail section off B-17G #42-37781 'Silver Dollar' and crashed near Osdorf on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3005, 21 combat missions.

  • Emmet Hardy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Military Occupation Specialty 612 - Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Bombs from the 'High Group' knocked the tail section off B-17G #42-37781 'Silver Dollar' and crashed near Osdorf on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report #3005.

  • John Heiss

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    Bombs from the 'High Group' knocked the tail section off B-17G #42-37781 'Silver Dollar' and crashed near Osdorf on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). 16 combat missions.

  • Joseph Jacobson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Bombs from the 'High Group' knocked the tail section off B-17G #42-37781 'Silver Dollar' and crashed near Osdorf on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3005, 11 combat missions.

  • Robert Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Bombs from the 'High Group' knocked the tail section off B-17G #42-37781 'Silver Dollar' and crashed near Osdorf on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). 16 combat missions.

  • Arthur Osepchook

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Bombs from the 'High Group' knocked the tail section off B-17G #42-37781 'Silver Dollar' and the ship crashed near Osdorf on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. POW Camp: Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to...

  • John Plotz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Bombs from the 'High Group' knocked the tail section off B-17G #42-37781 'Silver Dollar' and crashed near Osdorf on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air crew Report #3005. POW

  • Bruce Rininsland

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Bombs from the 'High Group' knocked the tail section off B-17G #42-37781 'Silver Dollar' and the ship crashed near Osdorf on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR #3005.

  • Robert Wellman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Bombs from the 'High Group' knocked the tail section off B-17G #42-37781 'Silver Dollar' and crashed near Osdorf on a mission to Berlin on 9 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA). 20 combat missions.

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Units served with

  • 1st Air Division

    1st Air Division

    Division
    In December 1944, the 1st Bomb Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24578

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 3675BS/305BG [XK-R/F] Presque Is 19/10/42; Grafton Underwood 25/10/42; transferred 547BS/384BG [SO-U] Grafton Underwood 7/10/43; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 15/3/44; Returned to the USA Amarillo 21/5/44 (?10/4/44?); Written off 28/11/44. Ref:...

  • 42-29636 'X Virgin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/1/43; Gt Falls 31/1/43; Salina 3/2/43; Nashville 23/2/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-G] Chelveston VANISHING VIRGIN 24/3/43; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-F] Grafton Underwood 30/9/43; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 15/3/44; Returned to...

  • 42-30033 "Little America"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Sioux City 13/4/43; Kearney 4/5/43; Bangor 20/5/43; Assigned to the 547BS/384BG [S0-G] Grafton Underwood 24/5/43, then the 546BS [BK-G]; Missing in Action Leverkusen 1/12/43 with Maj Maurice Stanley Dillingham, Co-pilot:...

  • 42-37781 Silver Dollar

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/8/43; Gr Island 18/9/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 19/10/43; 1 BAD 23/10/43; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-U] Grafton Underwood 2/11/43, after 544/5BS; Missing in Action Berlin 9/3/44 with Merlin H. Reed, Co-pilot: Bruce M. Rininsland...

  • 42-37792

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 29/8/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-B] Grafton Underwood 2/11/43; transferred 836BS/487BG Lavenham 16/7/44; transferred 34BG Mendlesham; retUS Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/9/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-37801

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/9/43; Gr Island 1/10/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-G] Grafton Underwood 25/11/43; Missing in Action Oberpfaffenhofen 16/3/44 with Edwin Ledbetter, Co-pilot: Tom Miles, Navigator: Elvin Noxon, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Gordon...

  • 42-37885 Frostie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/10/43; Gr Island 22/10/43; Assigned 544BS/384BG [SU-L] Grafton Underwood 22/11/43 as MRS F. D. R.; then 545BS [JD-D]; Missing in Action Erding 24/4/44 with Virgil Broyhill, Co-pilot: Albt Burns, Navigator: Guy Earle, Bombardier: Jim...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command SCRUBBED

    30 October 1943
    A heavy bomber mission was planned with Wilhelmshaven as the intended target, but it is cancelled before take-off.

  • VIII Bomber Command 119

    3 November 1943
    October 1943 turned out to be the worst loss rate for 8th Air Force for the entire war. 2,145 B-17s and 303 B-24s had been dispatched on missions. 163 B-17s had been lost (lost rate 7.5991%) and 9 B-24s were lost (loss rate 2.9703%). These loss rates...

  • VIII Bomber Command 121

    5 November 1943
    Having had good success with P-38 escorts and limiting penetration depth into Germany this mission is directed at the railroad marshaling yards and oil refinery at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In addition the marshaling yards at Munster, Germany are also...

  • VIII Bomber Command 145

    1 December 1943
    This mission was directed at the industrial areas of Leverkusen and Solingen, Germany. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (27); 92BG (18); 303BG (17);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 164

    24 December 1943
    This mission is directed at V-Weapon sites in the Pas-de-Calaise area of France. The attacks are made between 1330-1510hrs. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a force of 277 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

  • 8th Air Force 187

    21 January 1944
    This mission is directed at 36 V-Weapon sites (34 in the Pas-de-Calaise area and 2 in the Chrebourg area of France) 24 of these are bombed successfully. All three Bomb Divisions participate in the attacks and the bomber gunners claimed 5-1-2 of...

  • 8th Air Force 253

    9 March 1944
    Berlin is once again targeted by this mission as a secondary target. Primary target not listed in source data. All 3 Air Divisions despatch aircraft. There is very little fighter opposition. Mission Summary follows: ...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cameron, Clinton, Missouri, USA 3 March 1917
Died Feldmarke Osdorf, Marienfelde, Berlin, Germany 9 March 1944
Enlisted
Memorial Netherlands American Cemetery, Tablets of the Missing

Tablets of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands

Buried Netherlands American Cemetery

Tablets of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2022 08:46:57 CoyFamilyHistory Changes to events
Sources

American Battle Monuments Commission; Arlington, VA; Cemetery Records

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2022 08:43:07 CoyFamilyHistory Changes to events
Sources

Report # 3005
https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/MACRs/MACR3005.pdf

Cemetery Records Records of the American Battle Monuments Commission, Arlington, VA.

Headstone Inscription and Interment Records for U.S. Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil, 1942–1949. Series A1 43, NAI ID: 7408555. Records of the American Battle Monuments Commission, 1918–ca. 1995. Record Group 117. The National Archives at Washington, D.C.

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2022 08:23:41 CoyFamilyHistory Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonalWarRecord-R1_0.php?xI...

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2022 05:58:31 CoyFamilyHistory Changes to middlename and events
Sources

National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for District of Columbia, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 189.

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2015 17:41:21 bombercommand Changes to biography, events and media associations
Sources

384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2014 02:41:06 bombercommand Changes to mission associations
Sources

www.384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2014 02:36:48 bombercommand Changes to person associations, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

www.384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2014 02:14:56 bombercommand Changes to person associations
Sources

MACR 3005

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2014 02:03:26 bombercommand Changes to service number
Sources

MACR 3005

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3005, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=r...

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