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Mervin Louis Ransom


Mervin Ransom served as a Co-Pilot with the 466th Bomb Group from Attlebridge. On 15 August 1944, he was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW) when his B-24 'Lady Lightning', serial number 42-52597, was shot down by fighters and crashed at Mijenaleck.



  • John Suchiu

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Mijenaleck in B-24 'Lady Lighting' #42-52597

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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...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-52597 Lady Lightning

    B-24 Liberator
    Our pilot (Arthur Kraft) picked the plane up at the Willow Run factory and had to sign a $50,000 voucher. We were a new group. In February 1944 we took off from West Palm Beach, FL, stopped in Trinidad and then on to Belem, Brazil. From there we went...

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 Huron, OH 44839, USA 8 December 1916
Lived in Castalia, OH 44824, USA 1942
Shot Down 8351 Wapserveen, Netherlands 15 August 1944
POW Moosburg, Germany September 1944 – May 1945

Stalag Luft 7a
Work Camps 3324-46 Krumbachstrasse 48011, Work Camp 3368 Munich 48-11

Died Castalia, OH 44824, USA 2004
Buried Castalia, OH 44824, USA 2004

Castalia Cemetery
Erie County
Ohio, USA


Date Contributor Update
27 July 2015 14:09:44 Lucy May Changes to biography

Combined two entries into a single entry. This entry now includes information from the following sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8428

Date Contributor Update
10 July 2015 18:11:11 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, events, person associations and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:07 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 8428 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database