Joe Henry Gray Jr

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 68244 - Capt Joe H. Gray Jr

Assigned to 342BS, 97BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 21-Oct-42 in B-17 41-24441 'Francis X' while serving as Navigator. Killed in Action (KIA).

 

Awards: AM, PH.

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Units served with

Ground personnel of the 97th Bomb Group reservice a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9023) nicknamed "Yankee Doodle", following the raid on Rouen. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 18 Aug 1942.' [stamp], 'Air=SER (Boeing).' [written annotation] and '216112.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'U.S FLYING FORTRESSES RAID ROUEN IN DAYLIGHT. Associated Press Photo Shows: No sooner had one of the huge Fortresses landed after the raid than ground crew im
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

Lieutenant Harry R. Erickson, from Mankato, Minnesota, a bombardier of the 97th Bomb Group inside the nose of a B-17 Flying Fortress. A censor has obscured the ammunition to the bottom left of Erickson. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Ministry of Information 25 Jul 1942.' [stamp], 'Air(Boeing).' [written annotation] and '212091.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'AMERICAN FLYING FORTRESSES WAIT FOR ZERO HOUR. Associated Press Photo Shows: Lt. Harry Erickson from Mankato, Mi
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 342nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17017977 / O-440334
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 342nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39165066
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
Kenneth Laud
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 342nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 20744087
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 342nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14073155
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 342nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12043729
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Francis X
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 342nd Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Tallahassee, Florida 19 December 1918 BornTallahassee, Florida

Enlisted

Fort Benning, Georgia 29 July 1940 EnlistedFort Benning, Georgia

Other

Changed Speciality

East St Louis, Missouri 15 December 1940 Washed out of pilot training, changed training stream to Navigator.East St Louis, Missouri

Other

Commissioned

Miami, Florida 1 February 1941 Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant

Died

Killed in Action (KIA)

Lorient, France 21 October 1942 Aircraft lost near Lorient, France. Circumstances unknown. Jis remains have never been recovered.

Died

Tablets of the Missing

Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial Coton,Cambridge, UK 1 January 1946 Tablets of the MissingCambridge American Cemetery and MemorialCoton, Cambs, UK

Buried/ Commemorated

Memorialised

Oakland Cemetery Tallahassee, Florida 1 January 1948 MemorialisedOakland CemeteryTallahassee, Florida

Revisions

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Conections with other crew members

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Lee Cunningham 17-Nov-2014. Added KIA & Commemoration events.

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Lee Cunningham 27-Oct-2014. Correction to crew position.

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Lee Cunningham 27-Oct-2014. American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC).

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AF Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 38

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