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Ray Denver Ford

Military

Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #42-29498 'Dark Horse', Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

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. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    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...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29498 'Mumsie' aka 'Dark Horse'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/12/42; Salina 11/1/43; Morrison 14/2/43; Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-L] Thurleigh 2/3/43; transferred 360BS/303BG [PU-D] Molesworth 25/9/43; 7m Missing in Action Bremen 29/11/43 with Capt Carl Fyler, Co-pilot: Bob Ward, Navigator:...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 140

    29 November 1943
    This is another massive raid on Bremen, Germany by a force of 360 B-17s. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 182 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 94BG (40); 95BG (20); 96BG (41); 100BG (20);...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Prince George, Virginia, USA 2 March 1918
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 29 November 1943
Died 29 November 1943
Buried Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2020 20:59:12 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations and mission associations
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Added a connection to the 8th AF and to the 8th AF mission #140 for 29 Nov 1943.

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2020 20:36:15 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Added a Buried event per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 56358206.
Source: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56358206/ray-d-ford

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2020 18:37:00 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
31 August 2019 18:31:54 wdwcpa@hotmail.com Changes to media associations
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Virginia WWII Commission

Date Contributor Update
31 August 2019 18:31:19 wdwcpa@hotmail.com Changes to middlename
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Ancestry.com Birth Certificate

Date Contributor Update
31 August 2019 18:29:23 wdwcpa@hotmail.com Changes to events
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Ancestry.com

Date Contributor Update
31 August 2019 18:25:02 wdwcpa@hotmail.com Changes to events
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Ancestry.com

Date Contributor Update
31 August 2019 18:24:16 wdwcpa@hotmail.com Changes to service number
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National Archives

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:57 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1657 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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