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Extract from Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) for Second Lieutenant Samuel A Ray of VIII Air Force Service Command researched by historian Bill Beigel. The file contains copies of primary documents that discuss the return of personal effects, circumstances and causes of death, and memorialisation of the fallen airman.

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  • Samuel Ray

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    On a ferrying mission in P47-2-RE 41-6213, a heavy storm and low cloud cover contributed to a midair collision with Lieutenant Esposite of 310th Ferry Squadron. Both planes exploded. The planes were being flown to the 78th fighter group and had been...


Date Contributor Update
11 May 2015 09:58:25 Emily Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and person associations

Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) researched and donated by Bill Beigel: