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Raymond Shuey Wetmore

Military

Ray Wetmore enlisted aged 18 in 1941, he was commissioned in March 1943 and joined the 359th Fighter Group. He became top Ace of the 359th Fighter Group, scoring 21 victories, his final kill was an ME 163 jet. During the Battle of the Bulge, December 1944- January 1945, Wetmore was hit by friendly fire and his aircraft was set alight. When his wingman Lieutenant John F McAlevey alerted him to the fire, Wetmore extinguished the blaze with a nose dive and returned home safely. He completed 142 missions and totaled 563 combat hours.

Following the War, Wetmore was promoted to Major and commanded the 59th Fighter Intercept Squadron at Otis Air Force Base. He died in a freak flying accident in an F-86 on 14 February 1951. Wetmore was on a routine trip when his aircraft suddenly shot skyward, he was unable to eject as the plane began to crash and was killed instantly.

April 1943-Nov. 1945, 142 missions, 563 hours, P-47D 42-75068, P-51B 42-106894, P-51D 44-14733 'Daddy's Girl'

Service

People

  • Locklyn Sangster

    Military | First Sergeant (1st Grade) | Armorer | 359th Fighter Group
    Locklyn Sangster was an armourer, member of the ground crew of 359th Fighter Group / 370th Fighter Squadron.

Units served with

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 370th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-14733 Daddy's Girl / Ruggie's Ruthie

    P-51 Mustang
    Aircraft was re-assigned from Ray S. Wetmore to James J. Ruggles

  • 42-75068 Daddy's Girl

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Named for Ray Wetmore's daughter Diane. Force landed this a/c Manston 24 Apr 44

  • 42-106894 'Daddy's Girl'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Named for Ray Wetmore's daughter Diane. Transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF as war weary, converted to 2 seat configuration. Crashed Debden 1-Apr-45 pilot Lt Fred Glover RTD.

  • 42-8663 'Baltimore Babe'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 370 359 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Vincent W Ambrose.

  • 44-14979 'Little Dessy'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 370Fs, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Albert E Wolfe.

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kerman, California 30 September 1923
Died Sandwich, MA, USA 14 February 1951

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2016 15:07:50 ED-BB Changes to media associations
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Remove duplicate image

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2016 15:06:01 ED-BB Changes to media associations
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Key image

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2016 15:00:36 ED-BB Changes to media associations
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Added photo

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2015 14:56:07 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
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Merged data from duplicate record to include information from :
- Fighter Aces of the U. S. A., Mustang Aces of the Eighth Air Force and Aces and Wingmen II

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2014 14:31:40 Emily Changes to middlename, firstname, nickname, highest rank, biography, awards, events and media associations
Sources

Freeman, The Mighty Eighth, pp. 275-276.

http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Shuey_Wetmore

ME 163 Claim: https://www.facebook.com/notes/359th-fighter-group-1943-1945/me-163-enco...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / Unit History

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