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George McCullough Bray

  • Birth 9 Jun 1922 Iowa, USA
  • Death 13 Oct 1944
  • Burial Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa, USA
  • Plot West Hazelwood,
  • Memorial ID 70294453

The Grinnell Herald-Register
Dec. 4, 1944

Son of T.J. Bray Killed Over Germany
Flight Officer George Bray was Reported Missing October 13.

Word was received Friday, Dec. 1, by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Bray of Oskaloosa from the War Department, that their son, Flight Officer George McCullough Bray, previously reported missing in action, is now reported as having been kiled Oct. 113 in action over Blechhammer, Germany.

This was George's third mission, his first having been over oil refineries at Vienna. This first mission was so difficult the crews were credited with two missions. Blechhammer is in Silesia, now called Schiesien, partly in Prussia, Moravia and former Poland. The third mission was so difficult the unit will receive a citation. George acted as navigator on the mission over Vienna, as bombardier over Blechhammer. He was a bombardier, but trained also as a navigator. On Oct. 13 his plane received a direct hit. Four parachutes were observed bailing out.

George was born in Oskaloosa, June 22, 1922. He graduated from St. Berchman's School, Marion, Iowa, in 1936, and "cum laude" from St. Thomas' Military Academy, St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1940. he was in his junior year of the College of Commerce, Creighton University, Omaha, Neb., when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in February, 1943. He received his training at Cedar Falls, Iowa, Santa Ana, Calif., and at Kingman, Ariz., where he received his gunner's wings. He took his bombardier-navigator training at albuquerque, N. Mex., where he received his commission as flight officer April 1. His training continued at Fresno, Calif., and at Muroc, Calif., after being assigned to a crew. Augst 23 he left this country for active service in Italy.

George was married to Miss Florence A. Gaughan, of Omaha, Feb. 5, at Albuquerque, N. Mex. He is survived by her, and by the following members of his immediate family, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Bray, a sister Josephine, now Mrs. S. H. Hairston, a brother, James, and a twin brother, Charles.


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  • Maintained by: Patti Zapalac
  • Originally Created by: Bug
  • Added: 23 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 70294453
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George McCullough Bray (9 Jun 1922–13 Oct 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70294453, citing Hazelwood Cemetery, Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Patti Zapalac (contributor 46583652) .