MAJ Raymond H. Wilkins
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MAJ Raymond H. Wilkins

Birth
Norfolk, Norfolk City, Virginia, USA
Death 2 Nov 1943 (aged 26)
At Sea
Cenotaph Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Born in Portsmouth, Virginia and enlisted in the Army in July 1936. Served as a Major, U.S. Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater. On November 2, 1943, he led a formation of eight B-25s against enemy Japanese shipping in Simpson Harbor, Rabaul, New Britain. His airplane was hit almost immediately but he held fast and led his squadron into the attack. He strafed a group of small harbor vessels and then at low level, attacked an destroyed two enemy ships. With his damaged stabilizer completely shot off, he avoided swerving into his wing planes by deliberately exposing his B-25 to enemy fire. Past control, he and his bomber crashed into the sea. His self sacrifice made possible the safe withdrawal of the remaining planes of his squadron. It was his 87th combat mission. In addition to the Medal of Honor he was also awarded the Silver Star, four Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Air Medals and the Purple Heart.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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Gravesite Details Body lost at sea, remains never found

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 22 Nov 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8113601
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for MAJ Raymond H. Wilkins (28 Sep 1917–2 Nov 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8113601, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Find A Grave .