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Raymond H Allaby


Raymond Allaby served as a tail gunner with the 305th Bomb Group. He was shot down on 29 May 1943 on his tenth mission, over St. Nazaire, France in B-17 42-29792. Nine of the crew were killed, he was the only one who survived. Taken as a Prisoner of War (POW), he spent 10 months in hospital before being transferred to Stalag Luft IV.

After the war, he worked as a photographer for the Lowell Sun newspaper and then for many years for Raytheon.

On 25 October 1997, Raymond dedicated a memorial to his lost crew at St. Nazaire, France. He died in 2007.


Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 366th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29792 Barrel House Bessie from Basin Street

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Salina 2/3/43; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-G] Chelveston 8/4/43; Missing in Action St Nazaire 29/5/43 with Jim Perry, Co-pilot: Bob Roddy, Navigator: Herb Korenko, Bombardier: Russell Rose, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...


  • VIII Bomber Command 61

    29 May 1943
    Three primary targets are selected for this mission. The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are selected as the target for a force of 169 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (23); 92BG (22), 303BG (30); 305BG (25) 306BG (24); 351BG (21) and 379BG (24). This is...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Lowell, Massachusetts 23 August 1923
Enlisted Boston, MA, USA 1 July 1942
Prisoner of War (POW) 29 May 1943 – 23 May 1945
Died Lowell, MA, USA 26 January 2007


Date Contributor Update
03 May 2016 10:02:13 Lucy May Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:08 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, Roll of Honor