Raymond E Harman

Military

Object Number - UPL 37615 - William McKeon Crew 401st BG - 613th BS Standing Left to Right: Edward D. Hill (TG), Frederick L. Fletcher (WG), Charles E. May (BTG), Jack...

Prisoner of War (POW). Shot down by flak and crashed near Corne on 7/19/44 in B-17 44-6129

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Units served with

The insignia of the 384th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
A pathfinder B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8258) of the 401st Bomb Group. Image by Robert Astrella. Written on slide casing: '48258 14 A, Mount Farm.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 613th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: D-Day Dottie
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 613th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Duffy's tavern
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 487th Bomb Group 838th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 613th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 4 June 1944
  • Official Description: Third mission of the day consists of attacks by 400 Heavy Bombers on 10 targets including Airfields, railway junctions and bridges. No Bombers are lost.
  • Date: 6 June 1944
  • Official Description: The Eighth Air Force reaches its top strength as 493d Bomb Group (Heavy) becomes operational, making a total of 40 Heavy Bomb Groups now operational. Heavy Bombers fly 4 missions in support of the invasion of Normandy. 1,361 Heavy Bombers are...

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Sargent, Nebraska 1921-02-21

Other

Shot Down/WIA?Captured

Corne, France 1944-07-19 The 401st provided the entire 94th Combat Wing "A" formation, consisting of three Boxes, on this long mission to southern Germany. For a change, it became apparent at the IP that the target could be bombed visually, and all three boxes bombed their primary MPI"s with excellent results. The Lead Box placed 100% of its bombs within 2,000 feet of the MPI and 80% within 1,000 feet. The Low Box's results were only slightly less accurate, while the High Box dropped incendiary bombs with good effect. No enemy fighters were encountered, but flak was moderate to intense and accurate. This resulted in the loss of one aircraft and battle damage to 12 others, three of which received major damage. The aircraft shot down (No. 44-6129), which was piloted by Lt. William J. McKeon, attempted to stay in formation but was unable to maintain altitude. All crew members parachuted to safety, and Lt. McKeon was successful in evading capture.

Other

POW

Bad Soden, Germany 1944-07-20 Lazarett IX-B (Hospital) May have suffered a partial leg amputation
Riverton, Wyoming

Died

Nampa, Idaho 2005-06-12

Enlisted

Denver, Colorado 1942-05-18 6'0" 190 lbs

Buried

Boise, Idaho 2005-06-16 Idaho State Veterans Cemetery Boise, Ada County, Idaho, United States of America

Other

Assigned

Wendover Field, Utah 1943-03-11 Assigned to the 384th Bomb Group at Wendover Field, Utah as a member of Crew #3 per Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, Special Orders #70 dated 11 March 1943. Apparently Harman was transferred out of the 384th Bomb Group prior to the 384th Bomb Group's deployment to the ETO. No records have been located to establish a specific date for the transfer.

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