Lieut Ray Foley Fletcher

Lieut Ray Foley Fletcher

Birth
Essex, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
Death 10 May 1944 (aged 27)
Mono County, California, USA
Burial Essex Center, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 56996583 View Source
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1st LT. US ARMY AIR CORPS. Perished in training mission crash, Sierra Nevada Mountains. Remains recovered in 2005.

son of Ray and Nellie (Foley) Fletcher

He was Piloting a B-25C Mithell on a courier mission from Ajaccio, Corsica to Ghisonaccia, Corsica in 1944. His plane crashed on Mount Cagna near Giannuccio.

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First Lieutenant Ray F. Fletcher, USAAF, died May 10, 1944, while piloting a B-25C Mitchell medium bomber on a courier mission from Ajaccio, Corsica, to Ghisonaccia, Corsica.
His aircraft encountered heavy storms and crashed on Mount Cagna, near Giannuccio. The rugged terrain prevented U.S. Army Air Force personnel from reaching the crash site at the time, and 1st Lt Fletcher was listed as "Killed in Action - Not Recoverable".

A team of native Corsicans, working with the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, recently recovered 1st Lt Fletcher, and have returned his remains to Essex Center for burial next his parents, Ray and Nellie (Foley) Fletcher.

1st Lt Ray F. Fletcher was born on May 5, 1917. He attended Westborough Schools and was a graduate of Boston University on June 2, 1941. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force, 380th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 310th Bombardment Group (Medium), 57th Bombardment Wing, 12th Air Force, Mediterranean Theater of Operations.

1st Lt Fletcher is survived by a cousin, Rhetta Fletcher of Cheshire, Mass. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Priscilla Bagley; and many cousins, to include Consuelo Northrop Bailey, a former Lt. Governor of Vermont.

Funeral services will be held on Friday Aug. 20, 2010, at 11 a.m. in St. James Episcopal Church, Essex Jct.

Burial with full military honors will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Essex Center.

Arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service, Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Drive, Essex Jct., VT.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on August 13, 2010
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