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Raymond M Gilstrap


Shot down by flak and fighters on mission to Oschersleben on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-3448. Prisoner of War (POW).



Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-3448

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/6/43; Scott Fd 9/8/43; force landed base with Ray Irby 11/8/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG Molesworth 18/10/43; 13m Missing in Action Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Henry Eich, Co-pilot: Bill Woodside, Navigator: Jim Carroll, Bombardier:...


  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...


Event Location Date
Born Seneca, Missouri
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 11 January 1944

Stalag 4 D/Z Annaburg (Formerly Oflag 54.E) Sachsen, Prussia 51-13


Date Contributor Update
01 July 2021 19:33:43 jmoore43 Changes to mission associations

Added an association to the 8th AF Mission #182 on 11 Jan 1944 per info in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2020 18:59:36 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations

Added a connection to the A/C #42-3448 listed in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2020 18:57:31 jmoore43 Changes to events

Added a POW event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:12 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1924, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces, Roster