VT STAFF SGT 369 AAF BOMB SQ WWII
Ray served as a Staff Sergeant, 369th Bomber Squadron, 306th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He resided in Essex County, Vermont prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on November 4, 1941, prior to the war, in Rutland, Vermont. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in construction and also as Single, without dependents.
Ray was "Killed In Action" during the war and was awarded the Purple Heart. He may have also been awarded an Air Medal.
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Sgt Ray E. Buckminster, left waist gunner of the B-17F 41-24478, took off from Thurleigh, Bedfordshire, UK on a bombing mission over St Nazaire's submarine pens. Over the target area it was attacked by heavy flak and enemy fighters, forcing a lucky few crew members to bail out before the plane exploded in mid-air.
Info below is via http://uswarmemorials.org
Ville de Piriac-sur-Mer
8th US Air Force
306th Bombardment Group
369th Bombardment Squadron
In memory of the victims of the B-17F N41-24478 crash 1,5 nautical miles from shore on November 23rd, 1942.
Lt Isbell Clay E. - Pilot - KIA
Lt Fulton Dyer - Co-Pilot - KIA
Lt Fryer Peter J. - Navigator - POW
Lt Burden Abraham - Bombardier - POW
Sgt Grenke Erwin - Mechanic - KIA
Sgt Krijak Robert S. - Radio - KIA
Sgt Kostecki Edward - Gunner - KIA
Sgt Lindsey David W. - Gunner - KIA
Sgt Buckminster Ray E. - Gunner - KIA
Sgt Houx George L. - Gunner - KIA
Service # 11015905
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