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Mervyn L. Richards

Died in the service of our country
Branch of Service: Army
Hometown: 13A JamesStreet
Bergenfield
Date of birth: 1923
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Date of casualty: Saturday, August 26, 1944
Place of casualty: North Sea, England
Medals:
Air Medal

Purple Heart


Other webpages:
National Archives
World War II Archives
Overseas American Cemeteries
Purple Heart Hall of Honor
2Lt Mervyn L Richards - Find a Grave Memorial


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

Mervyn L Richards
Mervyn L Richards - cemetery
Crew of B-17G -' Mairzy Doats'
Second Lieutenant Mervyn 'Soapy' Richards


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