Barsam, Meran A., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1054-Co-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, AAF MOS 1054, 360th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1943
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
360th Bomb Squadron
Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
Aug 27, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Normandy, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot C, Row 4, Grave 23

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 Unit Assignments
Aviation Cadet Flight School303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy360th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 770, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1054, 360th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Meran A. Barsam was born in Ohio in 1919. (His name is spelled "Merian" in several sources, but NARA records and gravestone state "Meran.") Evidently, at some time, he moved to California because his NARA enlistment record states he enlisted on April 10, 1942 at Los Angeles. It also states he had completed 4 years of high school, and was employed as a general office clerk.

He was selected for flight training, and upon completion of this instruction, he was commissioned and assigned to an operational unit based in England.
Although records show he was assigned to the Crockett crew, he flew as co-pilot on his first 2 missions with the Stallings crew. Then, he flew 3 missions with Crockett.

Mission reports say nothing about him being wounded on any mission prior to his death, but American Battlefield Monuments Commission state he received the Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

On August 27, 1943, he flew as co-pilot with the Crockett crew on a raid on the Special V-Weapons Installations at Watten, France. Intermittent but accurate flak was encountered. Only about 25 enemy aircraft were seen, but the heavy Spitfire escort kept them from attacking the formation.

Crockett's aircraft was hit by flak in the front bomb bay, and large pieces of the aircraft tore loose. On fire, the aircraft started down, and some of the crew bailed out. The aircraft crashed between the villages of Morbecque and Bois des Huit Rues, killing three of the crew.

The dead were buried in a British plot in a local cemetery, but later reburied, 2 in the U.S. while Lt. Barsam was buried in the American Cemetery at Normandy. He lies in Plot C, Row 4, Grave 23.
NARA Enlistment Records



Lt Meran A. Barsam was the co-pilot on B-17F # 42-29754, named "Shangrila Lil," assigned to the 360th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 405 covers this incident. Mission loading lists, and the MACR, state the crew was composed of:

2 Lt George W. Crockett    p
2 Lt Meran A. Barsam    c-p
2 Lt Israel Millner     nav
2 Lt William J. Cramsie    bomb
TSgt Morris Tepper   eng/tt gun
TSgt Allan D. Jaynes    r/o
SSgt Benjamin Clarke, Jr    btg
SSgt Eugene F. Williams    lwg
Sgt  Eddie D. Homer    rwg
SSgt James C. Burke   tail gun

Lts Barsam and Cramsie as well as TSgt Tepper were the killed crew members, The remainder were captured.

Crew photo ID:

Back row:
Cramsie, Crockett, Millner, Barsam

Front row:
Clarke, Williams, Burke, Jaynes, Douglas, Tepper

(Douglas was later replaced by Homer)

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