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Ned H Mertz

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) B-17G 43-37548 took off from Station 155, England on a bombing mission over Berlin, Germany. They were attacked and shot down by German Aircraft and crashed near Liepe, Germany. The group had it worst day of the war, they lost a total of 11 planes on this mission.

Service

Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 549th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102684 'SWEET CHARIOT'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/3/44; Hunter 9/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [SG-J] Gt Ashfield 4/5/44; 551BS; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/44; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 27/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap...

  • 42-107031

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 2/2/44; Grenier 5/3/44; Assigned 96BG Snetterton 13/3/44; 550BS/385BG [SG-N] Gt Ashfield 12/3/44; Missing in Action Munich 13/7/44 with Bob Turner, Co-pilot: Ken Daniels, Navigator: George Allen, Bombardier: Bob Dewey, Flight engineer...

  • 42-107135 Homesick Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Grenier 21/4/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-N] Gt Ashfield 24/4/44; Missing in Action Handorf 15/8/44 with Neil Rosener, Co-pilot: George Flynn, Navigator: Hubert Graves, Bombardier: Lester Esterman, Flight...

  • 42-30186

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Gt Falls 6/5/43; Kearney 29/5/43; Dow Fd 13/6/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA- ] Gt Ashfield 17/6/43; n/battle damaged 3/11/43; battle damaged Brunswick 29/2/44; Salvaged 2/5/45.

  • 42-31133

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 23/9/43; Gr Island 9/10/43; Romulus 1/11/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-Q] Gt Ashfield 2/11/43; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Hector Garza, Co-pilot: George Beckner, Navigator: Albt Harmsen, Bombardier: Stacy Johnson, Flight...

  • 42-31762 Junior aka Crash Wagon III

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Gt Falls 16/12/43; Denver 20/12/43; Kearney 31/12/43; RAF Nutts Corner 15/1/44; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-M] Gt Ashfield 17/1/44; Missing in Action French A/fds 12/6/44 with Loren Jackson, Co-pilot: Ross Blake, Bombardier: Joe...

  • 42-31764 'War Horse'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Gt Falls 17/12/43; Denver 19/12/43; Kearney 31/12/43; Presque Is 24/1/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-R] Gt Ashfield 22/4/44; 551BS; on return from mission 10/11/44 with Art Naylor (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Carl Cunningham...

  • 42-3356 MAYFLY

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 23/5/43; Dow Fd 4/7/43; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-U] Gt Ashfield 9/7/43; Returned to the USA Bradley 3/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 14/8/45. MAYFLY.

  • 42-5985 Mr Smith

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 11/6/43; Gore 7/7/43; Dow Fd 19/7/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-R] Gt Ashfield 20/7/43; Missing in Action Hamburg 20/6/44 with Joe Montgomery, Navigator: Milton Shalinsky, Bombardier: Santo Caruso, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

  • 42-97507 'BACK TO THE SACK', 'JERRY BOY'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/12/43; Gr Island 28/12/43; Grenier 25/1/44; Assigned 549BS/385BG [GX-T] Gt Ashfield 24/1/44; ct fire 6/6/45, Salvaged. BACK TO THE SACK aka JERRY BOY.

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Missions

  • 322

    27 April 1944

  • 327

    29 April 1944

  • 351

    11 May 1944

  • 392

    5 June 1944

  • 394

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 405

    11 June 1944
    Flew a sortie flight to the French Coast at 24,000 feet. 8th Combat Flight. No flak.

  • 412

    14 June 1944
    Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.

  • 637

    17 September 1944

  • 642

    19 September 1944

  • 647

    25 September 1944

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Events

Event Location Date
Born Reading, PA, USA 9 April 1916
Killed in action 6 October 1944
Lived in Rochester, NY, USA

He resided 770 Blossom Road, Rochester, Monroe County, New York prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army on April 19, 1943 in Rochester, New York. He was employed as a Purchasing Agent.
Son of Mr. & Mrs. Ray Mertz who resided in Rochester, New York.
Husband of Laura B. Mertz who also resided in Rochester with their 5 children: Barbara (age 7), Ned (age 6), Nancy (age 5), Robert (age 3), and Linda (age 20 months).

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2020 02:09:51 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Corrected a typo in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
30 August 2018 23:02:17 jeff.page Changes to media associations
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Grandson

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30 August 2018 22:59:12 jeff.page Changes to media associations
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Grandson

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30 August 2018 22:57:22 jeff.page Changes to media associations
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Grandson

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30 August 2018 22:52:36 jeff.page Changes to unit associations and mission associations
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Grandson

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30 August 2018 16:23:23 jeff.page Changes to aircraft associations
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From Grandson

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30 August 2018 16:04:02 jeff.page Changes to events
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Provided by his grandson

Date Contributor Update
30 August 2018 16:00:29 jeff.page Changes to service number, biography, awards, events and media associations
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Information provided by his grandson

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:29 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9517 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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