File MC 376/532, USF 11/9 - Shank, Mervin M.

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MC 376/532, USF 11/9


Shank, Mervin M.


  • 24 Apr 1999 (Creation)

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13 papers

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(fl 1941-1945)

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Sgt Mervin M. Shank was born in 1922 and joined the United States Army Air Corps (later USAAF) in 1942. He was eventually assigned to Lt Stalie Reid's crew in the 791st Bomb Group, 467th Bomb Group.

He was one of three crew members (of Stalie Reid's crew no. 88) to successfully bail out of the B-24 they were flying (serial number 252445). Lt Stalie Reid and six other crew members died in the crash-landing, in a field opposite Barsham village school, following damage sustained by a German Messerschmitt during the 'Night of the Intruders' incident, 22 April 1944.

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Records donated to the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library by Mervin M. Shank.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 4 April 2002 (ACC 2002/3).

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Photocopies of papers from the dedication of the Barsham memorial to Stalie Reid's B-24 crew which crashed on 22 April 1944. Includes programme, transcript of speeches, copy of casualty report from the incident and photographs from the dedication.

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Rights are reserved. For any reproduction, other than for private, non-commercial research, permission must be sought from the American Library (email

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Created 02/09/2010 by Drohj. Modified 03/12/2018 by Catherine.Collins.


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