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Ray L Stewart

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Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak Crew. 25 x combat missions. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. Returned to Duty (RTD) .
Missing in Action (MIA) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; Evaded (EVD) MACR 6534

Evadee # EE 1744

Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Lloyd Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 #42-97238 'Our Captain'; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD Re-assigned to Houston crew. On first...

  • John Martyniak

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Pilot on mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Victor Romasco

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6534 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102585 'The Betty L'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-A] Ridgewell 24/4/44; Missing in Action 12m Tours 24/6/44 with Vic Romasco, Navigator: Jim Chandler, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Elbert Giddens,Tail gunner:...

  • 42-97238 'Our Captain'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/2/44; Kearney 25/2/44; Presque Is 22/3/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-I] Ridgewell 6/4/44; Missing in Action 3m Kerlin-Bastard, Fr 8/6/44 with John Martyniak, Co-pilot: Dick Kellum, Navigator: Jim Manion, Bombardier: Ray Stewart,...

Missions

  • 400

    8 June 1944
    Mission #7 - Bombed the railway yards in Tours, France. Long ride (7 hours).

  • 438

    24 June 1944

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kansas City, MO 17 January 1920

Son of Elmer Johnson and Mabel Helen [Fulks] Stewart.

Lived in Yakima, WA 1942

Nok: - Wife Doris E Stewart.

Enlisted Seattle, WA 27 August 1942

Seattle, Washington

Based Ridgewell March 1944 – 24 June 1944

Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

Ditched channel RTD 30 miles W of Jersey 8 June 1944

On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD

Baled out EVD Valleres-le-Hay 24 June 1944

Missing in Action (MIA) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; EVD MACR 6534

Evaded (EVD) France 24 June 1944 – 6 September 1944

Evaded capture, with assistance from French resistance. EVD
Back in US military control [329th Infantry] by 6-Sep-44.

Repatriated Laval, France 7 September 1944

Departed Laval, France for England by air.

Died Yakima, WA 18 February 2005
Buried Terrace Heights Memorial Park Yakima, Yakima County, WA 20 February 2005

Terrace Heights Memorial Park
Yakima, Yakima County, WA
Block 4C

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2019 21:11:26 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28991824
https://www.fold3.com/record/72453475-ray-l-stewart
https://www.fold3.com/record/85001367-ray-l-stewart
D-Day Bombers: The Veterans' Story By Stephen Darlow
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=199893
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/135615018/ray-l-stewart

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6534 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx

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