First Lieutenant Merlin R. Allen was assigned to the 35th Photo Recon Squadron in 1944 and served as an aerial photo-interpreter. After deploying with the squadron to China at some point he was attached and/or reassigned to the 16th Combat Camera Unit (16th CCU) of 14th Air Force. Lt. Allen was in service with the 16th CCU when he was captured on 25 June 1945. (142nd Wing History Archive)
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