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Ray L Shewfelt


Commendation Ribbon; Air Medal with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters


Units served with

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 2nd Scouting Force
  • 435th Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

  • Wattisham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...


Event Location Date
Born Oakland County, Michigan 16 December 1920
Lived in Tampa, FL, USA 1940
Based Wattisham 19 September 1944 – January 1945

With the 479th Fighter Group

Promoted January 1945
Transferred to 2nd Scouting Force January 1945
Lives in Orange City, FL, USA January 2015
End Tour of Duty (ETD)


Date Contributor Update
13 January 2015 18:35:50 Lucy May Changes to events

Article interviewing Ray Shewfelt in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, published on 11 January 2015:

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2015 18:28:48 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, awards, events and place associations

Added more information from Ted Damick's pilots' listing.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:59 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / self, 1996 355TH FG Assoc. Directory