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Raymond E Bleker


Shot down by flak and crashed near Caen on 8/8/44 in B-17 #42-102669, Returned to Duty (RTD).


Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102669 DAMYANKEE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/3/44; Kearney 15/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW-G] Thurleigh 24/5/44; Missing in Action Cauvincourt, Fr 8/8/44 with Andy Kata, Co-pilot: George Simons, Navigator: Ray Bleker, togg-Phil Mundell, Flight engineer/top...


Event Location Date
Born Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA
Returned to Duty (RTD) France 8 August 1944


Date Contributor Update
24 July 2020 20:07:03 jmoore43 Changes to service number and highest rank

Updated Rank and Added S/N per MACR 8434 at

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2020 19:49:50 jmoore43 Changes to events

Changed the label for a POW event to "Returned to Duty (RTD)" per info in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2020 19:47:05 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:05 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8434 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database