416th Bombardment Group (L)
Raymond J. Jones
February 13, 1922 - May 16, 2007
671st Bombardment Squadron (L)
Ray Jones was born Feb. 13, 1922 in Camden, NJ. Raised in South Philadelphia, PA. Attended St. Anthony's Grade School and Bok High School. Worked for General Electric before enlisting in the AAF Aug. 26, 1942. Completed basic training at Atlantic City, NJ. Completed Airplane Mechanics School, Goldsboro, NC. Also A-20 School, Douglas Air Craft, Santa Monica, CA. Completed gunnery training at Fort Meyers, FL. Crew assignment, Florence, SC. Sailed on Queen Mary April 9, 1944 and assigned to 416th Bomb Gp., 671st Bomb Sqdn., A-20 & A-26. Missions before D-Day were bridges and buzz bomb sites. Flew the early mission on D-Day, dropping bombs at 1,500 feet. Had a fuel pump shot up last of June and emergency landed on a beach near Normandy. Promoted to Staff Sergeant at Wethersfield and flew 51 combat missions. Earned: Aerial Gunner's Badge, Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters, AAF Technician Badge, Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with five bronze stars. Battle and campaigns: Air Offensive Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes. Left Europe in February 1945 and arrived in the U.S. in March 1945. Stationed at Champagne, IL and Randolph Field, Madison, WI. Discharged at Indiantown Gap, PA, Sept. 29, 1945. Married, moved to Tulsa, OK in 1947 and worked for 28 years at the Rooney Company as a painting foreman and building superintendant. Retired in 1984 and enjoyed his hobby of woodworking, making toys and projects for the Salvation Army.
"Goin' Home" courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Band