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Press Release | Aug. 2, 2022

Airman Accounted For From World War II (Pickup, M.)

WASHINGTON  –   The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Air Forces Cpl. Merle L. Pickup, 27, killed during World War II, was accounted for July 20, 2022.

In May 1944, Pickup was assigned to the 308th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 373rd Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), stationed in Yangkai, China. He was a passenger onboard a B-24J Liberator bomber on a ferrying mission from China to Chabua, Assam, India. The plane never made it to its destination after encountering bad weather, and the Army reported the plane as missing.

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Pickup’s personnel profile can be viewed at