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Merritt, Lewie G. (1888-1974)

Merritt was a 1917 graduate of The Citadel. He is credited with being the first aviator to experiment with dive bombing. He was also the first American to be shot down in the European theater, over the Libyan desert. He survived to command 1 Marine Aircraft Wing in the Pacific in the final weeks of the war.

Service record

1890     

Born
1917

Graduates from The Citadel
1944-6-17
Brigadier general    
Commander, 9 Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, North Carolina
1945-6-11     

Commander, 1 Marine Aircraft Wing

References

Citadel Wiki (accessed 2008-10-1)

Rottman (2002)



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