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2Lt Raymond A Gaither
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Birth: 1921
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Aug. 12, 1943
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

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Pilot: 1Lt. George B Keck, KIA
Co-Pilot: 2Lt. Raymond A Gaither, KIA
Navigator: 2Lt. William O. Juart, POW
Bombardier: 2Lt. Arthur R. Bryant, POW
Radio Operator: TSgt. Frank H. Hollingsworth, KIA
Top Turret: TSgt. Milton J. Deville, POW
Ball Turret: SSgt. William D. Wolven, KIA
Tail Gunner: SSgt. William F. Igou, POW
Flexible Gunner: SSgt. Walden A. Hughes, KIA
Flexible Gunner: SSgt. Theodore Paduch, KIA

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Boeing B17F Flying Fortress
Serial#: 42-30104
384th Bombardment Group
547th Bomb Squadron
Missing Air Crew Report #286
Date: Aug 12, 1943
Mission: Synthetic Gas Refinery
Destination: Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Plane was shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed in Haus Oelgarten, a district of the city Hennef in the Rhein-Sieg district in North Rhine-Westphalia. Haus Oelgarten consists of only two houses on a wooded hill between the villages of Hennef Geistingen and Dambroich.
Last contact or conversation: Saw him in the vicinity of the escape hatch (bombardiers) – had parachute on and was apparently about to bail out.
Last seen: In plane.
Any explanation on his fate? He didn't get out of plane.
Total number of missions: 13
German KU Report: Buried Aug 16, 1943 in Geistingen Cemetery near Hennef. Field 27 grave 34
Shot down by:
Pilot: Lt Kurt Ibing
Unit: Jagdgeschwader 1 (JG 1/4)
Aircraft: Focke-Wulf (Fw 190A-6)
ID#42-30104 on Missing Air Crew Report
IS#42-3104 on numerous websites
Info contributed by Jen
Sources: Sources: MACR report 286 and research
Note: Entered the service from California.
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial
Liège, Belgium
Maintained by: Jen
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56358284
2Lt Raymond A Gaither
Added by: Dominique Potier
2Lt Raymond A Gaither
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- Jen
 Added: Jan. 2, 2014
You are remembered...
- Jen
 Added: Jun. 5, 2013
KIA in the same wreckage as my 1st cousin, twice removed, Frank H. Hollingsworth.
- Jen
 Added: Jun. 3, 2013

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