Mervyn L. Richards
Died in the service of our country
|About Mervyn L.:||US Army Air Force, 527th Bomber Squadron, 379 Bomber Group, Heavy.
Mervyn served as a Second Lieutenant and Co-Pilot on B-17G "Mairzy Doats" #42-107146, 527th Bomber Squadron, 379th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.
Mervyn was declared "Missing In Action" when his B-17 developed engine trouble and ditched in the North Sea west of Haarlem, Holland during the war
He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
Service # O-824227
Buried in Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England
Bill Porter, Class Mate and Best Friend wrote this:
"Co-Poliot, B-17,379 Bomb Group, 527th Bomb Squadron. Missing in Action on his 3rd Mission, 26 August 1944, Airplane down in the North Sea 2 survivours. 'Soapy" was my best frined, and my most personal loss during WWII".
|Additional information:||Airmen who perished on B-17G #42-107146:
Boone, Warren H, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, TX
Chaffin, Howard E ~ S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, TN
Gallagher, Gerard J ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Kriedeman, Richard C ~ Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, CA
Lively, George M ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, TX
Richards, Mervyn L ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, NJ
Spencer, Edwin C ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, NY
Airmen who survived from B-17G #42-107146:
Marlatt, Charles J ~ Sgt, Tail Gunner, PA
Stover, Donald A ~ Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, TX