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Raymond Albert Betcher

Military

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!)

Service

People

  • Marvin Davis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 467th Bomb Group
    34 combat missions to Germany and 4 gas hauling missions to France. AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • 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

  • Fred Holdrege

    Military | Colonel | Squadron Commander | 467th Bomb Group
    Commanding Officer of 790th BS 2 DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ Croix de Guerre/ Croix D/oael

  • William Kepner

    Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding General, 8th Air Force Fighter Command
    From 1909 to 1913, Kepner served in the US Marine Corps. By 1916 he was a second lieutenant in the Indiana National Guard. After a short spell in the US cavalry, in 1917 he transferred to the infantry as a captain and commanded a company at the Battle...

  • James Mahoney

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Commander; Deputy Commanding Officer | 467th Bomb Group
    Wrote 'Reluctant Witness', his memoirs. ...

  • John Oder

    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....

  • Joe Ramirez

    Military | Master Sergeant (1st Grade) | Ground Crew Chief | 467th Bomb Group
    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".

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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

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

  • 467th Bomb Group

    467th Bomb Group

    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

Aircraft

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Detroit, Michigan 23 March 1922

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2018 22:20:02 Daughter Changes to biography
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Nancy (Betcher) Davis

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2018 21:40:10 Daughter Changes to person associations
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Nancy (Betcher) Davis

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2018 21:25:09 Daughter Changes to person associations
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Nancy (Betcher) Davis

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2018 21:03:54 Daughter Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
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Nancy (Betcher) Davis

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2018 19:53:58 Daughter Changes to aircraft associations
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Nancy (Betcher) Davis

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2018 19:46:48 Daughter Changes to place associations
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Nancy (Betcher) Davis

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2018 19:45:11 Daughter Changes to middlename, role, person associations and unit associations
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Nancy (Betcher) Davis

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2018 18:35:27 Daughter Changes to nickname
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Nancy (Betcher) Davis

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Healy, 3rd ed. & Unit history /self & MACR 5496 & SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Company, D790.A2S45, 1998, page 208

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