Mergenthal, Lloyd W., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 27th Fighter-Bomber Group
Service Years
1941 - 1943
First Lieutenant

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Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Aug 06, 1943
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Tidal Wave
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Florence, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments
12th Air ForceUS Air Force
  1942-1943, 12th Air Force
  1943-1943, 27th Fighter-Bomber Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 World War II
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
 My Aircraft/Missiles
A-20 Havoc  A-36 Apache  
  1942-1943, A-20 Havoc
  1943-1943, A-36 Apache
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
During the Sicilian Campaign, 1st Lt. Lloyd Mergenthal was killed in action when he was shot down by AAA at Bagnara Calabra, in Southern Italy, on 6 August 1943 aboard an A-36A (tail number 42-83872).

He served with the 17th Fighter Bomber Squadron (Light), 27th Fighter Bomber Group (Light). MACR 351. (This aircraft was  a ground-attack/dive bomber version of the North American P-51 Mustang.)

The 27th had moved thier air operations base from from Korba, Tunisia to Gela East  (formerly 
Gela-Farello air field) Sicily, Italy.

He had enlisted as an air cadet on 6 November 1941 at Gotha, Florida.  Two years of college at entrance into USAAC.  

To be determined:  Did he serve in the North African Campaign with this unit?

Note: The 27th BG (Light) would be redesignated the 27th Fighter-Bomber Group on 23 Aug 1943; the 16th, 17th and 91st Bomb Squadrons were redesignated the 522nd, 523rd and 524th Fighter-Bomber Squadrons respectively.

Note also shot down in this action was the Group commander, Major John D. Stevenson, who became a POW at Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11. (MACR 357). He was flying an A-36A (tail number 42-84101 ). Major Stevenson remained in the Air Force and became a Major General. (MG Stevenson information)
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