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Milton Herman Ramsey

Military

Flight Officer Milton Ramsey was a Pilot in the 78th Fighter Group / 82nd Fighter Squadron. He was shot down by Me109s and crashed in P-47D #42-22463 near Quesnoy, Belgium on 29 January 1944 during a fighter support mission. He evaded capture with the help of French citizens and members of the Résistance. He travelled through Belgium, France, crossed into Spain, reached Gibraltar and was back in England on 15 June 1944. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2121. Evaded (EVD). Escape & Evasion Report - E&E 747.
Milton Ramsey was on his 10th mission when his flight of four P-51 Mustangs was jumped by eight German Me109 fighters. Out-manoeuvring the Germans, Ramsey's P-47 lost altitude and was last contacted by radio about 20 miles Southeast of Brussels, Belgium.
When his P-47 ran out of gas, he pulled it up to 4000 ft and managed to bail out. He stayed on a farm near Quesnoy-sur-Deûle (family of Jean-Michel Dozier, contributor to this website), France for three days before he was taken by train and trolley guided by a young lady to Tourcoing. There, he stayed with Mr and Mrs Jean Delarue where his picture was taken to prepare false ID documents. Until 28 March 1944, Ramsey divided his time between the home of the Delarue and that of their neighbors, Mr and Mrs Castelain-Hennion. On that date, a man came from Lille to fetch him and bring him to his home in Lille, where he stayed the night.
The next day, he met two members of the local Résistance (probably Fernand Van Aerde) the other being Maurice Antoine (chief of the Lille group, arrested later.) Antoine guided Ramsey back to Tourcoing and handed him over to Van Aerde, who had about 20 airmen on his hands. Ramsey met Lt Col. Robert P. Montgomery there (HQ Squadron, 20th Fighter Group, shot down in P-38 # 42-68036 on 11 February 1944) and after they left from that house on 19 April, they were helped on their way together down to the South of France.
Ramsey stayed one week in May 1944 in Montauban with a couple, who were teachers there. He was guided across the Pyrénées mountains and reached Spain, arriving in Alhama de Aragon on 12 June. Taken in charge by the British diplomatic corps, he arrived at Gibraltar on 12 June and left from there by air on 14 June, landing at Bristol, England on 15 June 1944.

Service

Units served with

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 82nd Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command FO 226 BOMBER ESCORT

    29 January 1944
    A combined force of 632 fighter aircraft of 3 types: P38; P4; and P-51 are despatched to provide escort for the heavy bombers attacking at Frankfurt, Germany. Mission summary as follows: ...

Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

  • Ferme de la Grange

    Crash site

Events

Event Location Date
Born Grandview, Washington State, United States 14 June 1920

the son of John H. and Minnie M. Ramsey

Enlisted Seattle, Washington, United States 14 January 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps

Bailed Out - Evaded (EVD) Quesnoy-sur-Deûle, France 29 January 1944
Evaded Quesnoy sur Deûle 29 January 1944 – 12 June 1944

Landed in a field and was helped in his evasion by French patriots and Résistance members. Was back in England via Gibraltar on 15 June 1944.

Died 19 March 2018

Washington State, United States

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2020 14:42:13 ED-BB Changes to biography
Sources

Corrected typos in Biography

Date Contributor Update
06 May 2020 14:35:39 ED-BB Changes to biography, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

Freeman's "The Mighty Eighth War Diary" (mission number)
https://fr.findagrave.com/memorial/188367260/milton-herman-ramsey

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2016 16:30:53 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2121
Escape & Evasion report E&E 747
NARA WWII Enlistment records

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2015 06:44:12 Jmd Changes to service number
Sources

Informations from report EE 747

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2121 / MACR 2121, 8th AF Losses / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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