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Ray Lacey

Military

Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Walt Ramsay crew. 30 x combat missions. ETD

B-17 42-38014 'Little America II' - Lead squadron. Crashed while landing at RAF Detling, Kent, on return from mission with battle damage. Struck obstructions including a hut, destroying aircraft. RTD.

Awards: AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Willard Ehr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | SJ, Spot Jammer, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Walt Ramsey crew. 19 x combat missions. Killed in Action (KIA) near Duisburg in B-17 'Heavenly Body' 43-39053 Left formation at target on fire after aircraft received direct flak burst, setting #4 on fire and #2...

  • John Hartman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 748 - Army Airplane Mechanic / Gunner, Flight Engineer | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Walt Ramsay crew. 27 combat missions. ETD ...

  • Joseph Kotys

    Military | Sergeant | MOS 611 Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Joseph Kotys served as a tail gunner with the 546th Bomb Squadron of the 384th Bomb Group.28 x combat missions. After the war, he was a successful gymnast for Kent State University. Olympic games 1948. Won 1949 & 1950 NCAA all-around titles & four...

  • Roy Marberg

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF | 384th Bomb Group
    42-38014 BK-G, LITTLE AMERICA II - Lead Squadron. Crashed while landing at RAF Detling, Kent, on return from mission with battle damage. Struck obstructions including a hut, destroying aircraft. There were no personnel injuries. ...

  • Jacklin Mitchell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group
    42-38014 BK-G, LITTLE AMERICA II - Lead squadron. Crashed while landing at RAF Detling, Kent, on return from mission with battle damage. Struck obstructions including a hut, destroying aircraft. There were no personnel injuries. ...

  • John Mitchell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 1034 - Navigator | 384th Bomb Group
    Crash Landing Detling, Maidstone, Kent ME14, UK 1 January 1945 ...

  • Walter Ramsay

    Military | First Lieutenant | 1091 - Pilot, B-17 | 384th Bomb Group
    42-38014 BK-G, LITTLE AMERICA II - Lead squadron. Crashed while landing at RAF Detling, Kent, on return from mission with battle damage. Struck obstructions including a hut, destroying aircraft. There were no personnel injuries. ...

  • Harry Wahlstrom

    Military | First Lieutenant | 1091 - Pilot, B-17 Co-Pilot, Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

  • 42-38014 LITTLE AMERICA II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered to Cheyenne 14/11/43; Kearney 3/12/43; Presque Isle, Maine 9/12/43; Assigned to the 546th BS/384th BG [BK-G] at Station 106, Grafton Underwood on 6/1/44; (19/9/44 - struck by flak just before the IP; after dropping bombs on target left...

  • 42-97510 Satan's Playmate

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/12/43; Kearney 25/12/43; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-A] Grafton Underwood 18/2/44; transferred 398BG Nuthampstead 27/5/45; no ops, to RAF Valley 2/6/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45;...

  • 43-38548

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/8/44; Lincoln 25/8/44; Grenier 12/9/44; Assigned 385BG Gt Ashfield 18/9/44; transferred to the 546th Bombardment Squadron, 384 Bombardment Group, squadron code BK-M, Grafton Underwood, Station 106 on 27 September 1944; transferred...

  • 43-38747

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 16/9/44; Grenier 27/9/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-N] Grafton Underwood 15/10/44; transferred with group to Istres on mapping duties, Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/12/45.

  • 43-38994

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 31/10/44; Grenier 12/11/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-Q] Grafton Underwood 17/12/44; transferred with group to Istres for mapping duties, Salvaged 9AF Germany 29/12/45. DEVASTATING LADY.

  • 43-39131

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 9/12/44; Grenier 21/12/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-B] Grafton Underwood 17/1/45; transferred with group to Istres on mapping duties, Salvaged 9AF Germany 18/9/46; re-ass AF 10 HBS Oberpfaffenhofen 30/4/47; Recl Comp 19/11/47. PRIMO'S...

  • 44-6909

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 16/12/44; Dow Fd 22/12/44; Assigned 731BS/452BG Deopham Green 7/1/45 ANNONY MISS; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-H] Grafton Underwood 4/2/45; transferred with group to Istres, France for passenger transport duties (Green Project),...

Missions

  • 774

    1 January 1945

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Edwards County, TX, USA 25 February 1925

Son of William David and Ida [Pratt] Lacey.

Enlisted San Antonio, TX 5 May 1943
Based Grafton Underwood NN14, UK 16 December 1944 – April 1945

Assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group, 546th Bombardment Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #247 dated 16 December 1944, Walter E. Ramsay Crew. 30 combat missions.

Discharged USAAF 3 December 1945

Honourable discharge.

Enlisted 23 January 1946
Discharged USAF 31 October 1966

Honourable discharge.

Died San Antonio, TX, USA 19 June 1994
Buried Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, TX 23 June 1994

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2020 07:32:07 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/59154869-ray-lacey
https://www.fold3.com/record/528589316-ray-lacey-1925
https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=7955
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/895476/ray-lacey

Date Contributor Update
02 September 2020 20:45:59 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/59154869-ray-lacey
https://www.fold3.com/record/528589316-ray-lacey-1925
https://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=7955
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/895476/ray-lacey

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2017 19:42:35 bombercommand Changes to person associations
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/SortieReport.php?SortieKey=8585

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2017 18:21:53 bombercommand Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=lacey&GSfn=ray&GS...

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2017 18:09:42 bombercommand Changes to person associations
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=7955

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2017 17:46:36 bombercommand Changes to biography
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=7955

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2017 17:16:28 bombercommand Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=7955

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

AAIR 45-01-01-521 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=l...

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