2Lt. Merwin K. "Mike" Stott, O-773470

Bombardier - Krogh Crew

10th Air Force / 7th Bombardment Group / 492nd Bombardment Squadron

Enlisted: 13 Feb 43     Separated: 26 Sep 45

Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster   Distinguished Unit Badge

Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon w/4 Battle Stars

(Image/Info Courtesy of Robert Reddish Family)

Kenneth Krogh Crew - 1945, Walla Walla, WA

L-R, Back: F/O Richard S. France (CP), Cpl. Clifford N. Ekstrom (G), Cpl. Robert L. Reddish (A-G)
Cpl. William P. Montague (RO), 2Lt. Kenneth K. Krogh (P), 2Lt. Merwin K. Stott (B)

L-R, Kneeling: Cpl. Raymond F. Romans (G), Cpl. Demitri L. Stilu (G), Cpl. Carl T. Stubbolo (E)
2Lt. Francis Rowe (N), Misak (?) (ex-Bombardier)

  Stationed at Madhaiganj, India, Tezpur, India and Lulian, China. When in China was loaned to the 14th Air Force to haul gasoline to Suichwan, one of the last bases to fall to the Japanese, and to haul personnel and equipment out. Was on the last B-24 to fly into Suichwan before it fell. Of 20 planes loaned to the 14th only 11 returned and five complete crews were lost. Was in China from 12 Dec 44 to 1 Feb 45.
  At Tezpur, hauled gasoline over the Hump in B-24s with four bomb bay tanks installed by our own mechanics. Lost ten complete crews in the first month. Stott was held over when his crew went back to the States on points to act as either a gunner or navigator as he had both ratings. Participated in bombing raids from Western Burma, Rangoon, Moulmein, Bangkok and on the longest heavy bombardment mission ever flown, 17 hours-35 minutes, on 19 Mar 45 at low level in Thailand. He was wounded on the mission, as his was one of three out of twelve B-24s to return to base, with 54 holes in the plane.

492nd BS Personnel

7th BG Personnel