Price, William Merriman, III

Individual Personnel Data
Name Price, William Merriman, III
Rank Second Lieutenant / First Lieutenant
Serial Number O-798672
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #71 dated 15 August 1943, effective 15 August 1943.
Duty Pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 6 February 1944
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Promoted to First Lieutenant effective 18 September 1943 per 547th Bomb Squadron Morning Report dated 28 September 1943.
  • Granted a five day sick leave on or about 20 September 1943 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #99 dated 19 September 1943.
  • Granted a seven day sick leave effective on or about 18 October 1943 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #121 dated 18 October 1943.
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Price, William Merriman, IIIPilotCT
2nd Lt. Coleman, Lee BrowningCo-pilotPOW
2nd Lt. Harvey, Harry Blakely, JrNavigatorINT
2nd Lt. Arquette, Leroy ArthurBombardierCT
S/SGT. Smith, Robert EugeneRadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. Beaty, Earl RichardEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Griffin, Daniel (NMI)Ball Turret GunnerKIA
SGT. Grant, Ralph GilbertTail GunnerCT
SGT. Leigh, James CarlFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 25 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
15 15 August 1943 Target: Poix-en-Picardie and Amiens-Glisy Airfields
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Poix-de-Picardie & Amiens, France
Co-pilot 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
17 17 August 1943 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑29699 Combat Mission Credit
Returned early from mission after taking off.
Turned back before target because of trouble with three engines; dropped his bombs on a target of opportunity (TOO), an unidentified fighter airfield.
Sortie Report
18 27 August 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Watten, France
Pilot 42‑30043 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
19 31 August 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, France
Pilot 42‑30043 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
20 3 September 1943 Target: Air Park and Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Romilly-sur-Seine, France
Pilot 42‑30043 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
21 6 September 1943 Type: Industry
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Pilot 42‑30043 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at RAF West Malling, Kent, due to low fuel. Returned to Station 106 at 1530 hours. Flak hole in left elevator.
Sortie Report
22 7 September 1943 Target: Bruxelles-Evere Airfield/Repair Depot
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brussels / Bruxelles, Belgium
Co-pilot 42‑5849 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
23 9 September 1943 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Lille-Vendeville, France
Pilot 42‑29699 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
24 16 September 1943 Target: Blockade Runner Ship (in Loire River)
Type: Transportation
Location: Nantes, France
Pilot 42‑29699 Combat Mission Credit
Ditched in the English Channel Near Hope Cove, Knightsbridge, Devon (about 15 miles SE of Plymouth), after being damaged by enemy aircraft; crew rescued by a fishing boat; Leigh was injured and hospitalized in Hope Cove until 2 October; no MACR; all returned to duty.
Sortie Report
26 27 September 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Pilot 42‑29703 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
27 2 October 1943 Target: Port Facilities
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Pilot 42‑29987 Combat Mission Credit
Dropped 52,000 Code #5s 'nickles' over target.
Sortie Report
29 8 October 1943 Target: Workshops
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Bremen, Germany
Pilot 42‑29987 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back, the right waist gunner "could not stand altitude."
Sortie Report
30 9 October 1943 Target: Aircraft Factories
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Anklam, Germany
Pilot 42‑29987 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
32 14 October 1943 Target: Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Pilot 42‑3037 Combat Mission Credit
Crew bailed out over near Deenethorpe on return; the aircraft crash-landed near Corby, UK.
Sortie Report
34 3 November 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Wilhelmshafen, Germany
Pilot 42‑29987 Combat Mission Credit
Squadron of composite group.
Sortie Report
35 5 November 1943 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Pilot 42‑29987 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
40 5 December 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Saint-Jean-d'Angély, France
Pilot 42‑5838 Combat Mission Credit
Flying spare; joined formation for duration of mission.
Sortie Report
41 11 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Pilot 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
42 13 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Pilot 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group, high Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
45 22 December 1943 Target: Steel Shops/Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Osnabrück, Germany
Pilot 42‑5838 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead
Sortie Report
47 30 December 1943 Target: I. G. Farben Industrie, Chemical/Synthetic Rubber Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Pilot 42‑3087 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
48 31 December 1943 Target: Blockade Runner 'Orsone' (name of ship)
Type: Transportation
Location: [Mouth of River Garonne], France
Pilot 42‑5444 Combat Mission Credit
Group lead, because lead ship had to be replaced; Capt Frink transferred to this ship. Landed away at Kimbolton; bombs returned.
Sortie Report
53 14 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Le Meillard, France
Pilot 42‑5444 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Pilot 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group, Low Squadron Deputy.
Sortie Report
55 29 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Pilot 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy, low group.
Sortie Report
56 30 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Pilot 42‑3441 Aircraft did not take off.
Lead group high Squadron lead. Did not take off.
Sortie Report
60 6 February 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Aerodrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Pilot 42‑31433 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead.
Sortie Report

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