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Roy Leon Rainwater

Military

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. Primary Aircraft: B-24 "Perils of Pauline," with additional missions in "Witchcraft".

Credited with downing an FW-190 which had just shot down a B-24 in the formation. T/Sgt Rainwater engaged the enemy fighter from his top turret position. FW-190 exploded in mid-air, a confirmed "kill".
On 20-Mar-44, he crashed on landing during last leg of deployment on in B-24 41-29404. RTD.

Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Raymond Betcher

    Military | Sergeant | Ground Crew - Mechanic | 467th Bomb Group
    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!)

  • George Dong

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Assistant Crew Chief | 467th Bomb Group
    Named his engine "Chinamen's Chance".

  • 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

  • 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".

  • Albert Shower

    Military | Colonel | Group commander | 467th Bomb Group
    Colonel Shower had the unique distinction of being the only commander of a Group that flew from the U S to Europe, stayed in command until the war was over, flew on many missions with the Group and then flew back to the U S with them after the war. ...

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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

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lincoln, AR 72744, USA 27 November 1916

Born 1916, Lincoln, Arkansas, USA

Enlisted Philadelphia, PA 8 August 1942

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Based Glatton 1944 – April 1944

Assigned to 790BS, 467BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 22 December 1982
Buried Oak Park Cemetery Chandler, Lincoln County, OK 25 December 1982

Oak Park Cemetery
Chandler, Lincoln County, Oklahoma

Lived in Sapulpa, OK, USA

Sapulpa, Oklahoma, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2021 14:20:11 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, biography and events
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https://www.fold3.com/image/538473420
https://www.fold3.com/record/87009090/roy-l-rainwater-wwii-army-enlistme...
https://www.fold3.com/record/626754980/roy-rainwater-1916-veterans-affai...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/80388097/roy-l.-rainwater

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2021 22:19:08 Amanda Changes to media associations
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Ross Rainwater

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2021 17:26:28 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
03 April 2017 10:10:53 Lucy May Changes to role, biography, events, place associations and aircraft associations
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Added pins to map from existing info in the record.

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12 November 2014 00:03:43 rrain Changes to biography
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Son

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2014 22:57:49 rrain Changes to role
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Son

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2014 22:49:19 rrain Changes to nickname
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Source: His older son.

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2014 22:47:21 rrain Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations and unit associations
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Source: His older son.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in Healy's book on 467th BG, 1993 edition, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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