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Lieut Raymond F. "Boots" Morse
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Birth: Feb. 15, 1923
Mayville
Chautauqua County
New York, USA
Death: Oct. 13, 1944, Germany

Vice-Pres. of Mayville Central High School Class of '41'

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on Aug 29, 1942. After earning his Pilots Wings, he went thru Specialized 4 engine B-24 training. He was assigned to the 781st BS, 465th BG, 55th BW, 15th Air Force in Pantanella, Italy. Was Co-Pilot of the B-24 Liberator 'Loveys Dovies', nicknamed-'Yellow L'. It was on Friday the 13th during his 36th mission on the final approach over Blechhammer South Synthetic Oil Refinery, GR they were shot down. Raymond and Pilot Alexander Lovey would sacrifice their lives so the other 7 crew members could bail out. 2nd Lt Donald E. Toomey, T/Sgt Lowell M. Lunn, S/Sgt Harold W. Grant, S/Sgt Charles D. Hudson, S/Sgt Leonard J. Goldstein, S/Sgt Pierre J.J. Kennedy, S/SGT Walter C. Clausen would all become POW's for the remainder of the War. It's interesting that all the Sergeants that day were fill-ins as it was supposed to have been a day off for the squadron.

For the remainder of the War Raymond & Alexander were buried in a common dirt grave with 16 other downed fliers marked by a propeller in what's now Cisek, Poland. Lt. Lovey was later interred in the Ardennes American Cemetery, Belgium. Raymond was also interred there until his parents requested his remains retuned home to Mayville.

Raymond left behind his wife & HS sweetheart June Meade.
His parents Floyd & Gertrude Morse
A sister Margaret died in 1934

He was awarded the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, American Campaign Medal, Purple Heart, 15th AF Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Floyd Morse (1892 - 1966)
  Gertrude B Overlander Morse (1901 - 1989)
 
 Sibling:
  Raymond F. Morse (1923 - 1944)
  Margaret Morse (1926 - 1934)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
New York 2nd LT 465th AAF BOMB GROUP WW II
 
Burial:
Mayville Cemetery
Mayville
Chautauqua County
New York, USA
Plot: Veterans Area
 
Maintained by: Jon Tallman
Originally Created by: Daniel and Audrey Brigg...
Record added: Sep 30, 2007
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Lieut Raymond F. Boots Morse
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Lieut Raymond F. Boots Morse
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Lieut Raymond F. Boots Morse
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My Number 1 Hero - Cousin
- Jon Tallman
 Added: Sep. 11, 2009
Thank you for your service sir. ~~~RIP~~~Raymond.
-Anonymous
 Added: Oct. 1, 2007
 
 
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