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Joe R Ramirez


Joe Ramirez was Crew Chief on B-24 'Witchcraft'. It flew 130 missions without a mechanical abort. He was award the Bronze Star for that accomplishment. He named his engine "Tortilla".



  • Raymond Betcher

    Military | Sergeant | Ground Crew - Mechanic | 467th Bomb Group
    Mechanic on 'Witchcraft' which flew 130 non abort missions over Europe duriing WWII. (A 16 scale model is suspended from ceiling in this museum.) Named his engine "Doris + ?". (Ray's wife was pregnant at the time he named the engine!)

  • Robert Dekerf

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Gunner | 467th Bomb Group

  • George Dong

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Assistant Crew Chief | 467th Bomb Group
    Named his engine "Chinamen's Chance".

  • Walter Elliott

    Military | 467th Bomb Group

  • Roy Rainwater

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer, Top Turret Gunner | 467th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 790BS, 467BG, 8AF USAAF. Part of the original deployment of the 790th Squadron, 467th Bomb Group, 2d Air Division, Eighth USAAF. 35 Combat Missions. Served as a flight engineer/top turret gunner on B-24, "Perils of Pauline" 42-95162....

  • Albert Shower

    Military | Colonel | Group commander | 467th Bomb Group
    Colonel Shower had the unique distinction of being the only commander of a Group that flew from the U S to Europe, stayed in command until the war was over, flew on many missions with the Group and then flew back to the U S with them after the war. ...

  • Joseph Vetter

    Military | 467th Bomb Group

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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. ...

  • 2nd Air Division

    2nd Air Division

    In December 1944, the 2nd Bomb Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

  • 467th Bomb Group

    467th Bomb Group

    The 467th Bomb Group, or the "Rackheath Aggies" as they came to be known, flew B-24 Liberators on missions from April 1944. Its air crews became known for their accuracy and the Group had the best overall standing for accuracy within the Eighth Air...

  • 790th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-95162 'Perils Of Pauline'

    B-24 Liberator
    MACR#7375 - Remarks: Ship had sustained suspected flak damage and dropped out the formation. Finally went into a spin where only the Pilot and Engineer successfully bailed out. Radio-operator fell out of bomb-bay prior to bailing out, Bombardier is...

  • 42-52534 'Witchcraft'

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24 Liberator nicknamed Witchcraft (serial number 42-52534, Q2-M) was flown by the 790th Bomb Squadron, 467th Bomb Group, and is famous for completing the most missions of ...

Associated Place

  • Rackheath

    Military site : airfield
    First allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in August 1942, Rackheath was then earmarked as a fighter base but, because of delay in construction, was never used as such. Built during 1943, the station had three concrete runways, 50 loop...


Event Location Date
Lived in Whittier, CA, USA 1994


Date Contributor Update
21 March 2018 22:15:26 Daughter Changes to biography

Nancy (Betcher) Davis

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2018 21:12:00 Daughter Changes to person associations and aircraft associations

Nancy (Betcher) Davis

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2018 20:13:20 Daughter Changes to person associations

Nancy (Betcher) Davis

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2018 18:56:38 Daughter Changes to unit associations

Nancy (Betcher) Davis

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2016 01:06:55 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Letter from Joe R. Ramirez 9 January 1994

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:21 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in Healy's book on 467th BG, 1993 edition