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Dean Merle Bloyd


Assigned to 837BS, 487BG, 8AF USAAF. 22 x combat missions. Flew aboard B-17 43-37901 'Miss Bea Havin'. ETD

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 837th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-37901 Miss Bea Havin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/6/44; Kearney 14/6/44; Grenier 28/6/44; Assigned 837BS/487BG [4F-B] Lavenham 30/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 10/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 12/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 6/1...

Associated Place

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...


Event Location Date
Born Lincoln, KS 16 April 1925

Son of Lawrence and Myrtle Bloyd.

Died 2 April 2015
Buried Resthaven Park East Cemetery Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ 8 April 2015

Resthaven Park East Cemetery
Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona



Date Contributor Update
01 January 2021 12:38:01 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2020 18:33:32 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations

Added a connection to A/C #43-37901 mentioned in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:12 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit History, Unit Roster /