668th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

S/Sgt. Ray NMI Bankston Jr.

Airplane Mechanic-Gunner,  38428208

Prisoner Of War

668th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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  Born: 25-Feb-1923, Ivanhoe, Fannin, Texas

POW summary:
Fail to Return Date: 20-May-1944
Captured: 20-May-1944 12:15, 4 km West of Vieux-Rouen, 22 km Northwest of Poix, captured immmediately after landing
Hospital: Air Force Hospital Amiens
State of Health: Heavy flesh-injury on left fore-arm
POW Camp: Stalag 4F + Work Camps Hartmannsdorf-Chemnitz Saxony 51-12
Return Date: 08-Jun-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File Latest Report Date: 8-Jun-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File ID: 42148

Died: 26-Apr-2004, Casa Grande, Pinal, Arizona

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Ray Bankston Jr, 81

Ray Bankston Jr.

Casa Grande Dispatch (AZ) - Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Ray Bankston Jr., 81, of Casa Grande died April 26, 2004 at RTA Hospice In-patient House.

The service will be held later.

Mr. Bankston was born Feb. 25, 1923 in Ivanhoe, Texas. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and an entomologist.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Jane; two daughters, Cathy A. Bankston of Phoenix and Glenda J. Cauthen of Casa Grande; two sons, Edwin D. Bankston of Phoenix and Terry W. Bankston of Roswell, N.M.; two sisters, Alma L. Thomas and Jerrie F. Marco of Texas; a brother, Tommy Bankston of Texas; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Billie Jean Powell, and a brother, Charles Bankston.

Memorial contributions may be made to: RTA Hospice Foundation, 1675 E. Monument Plaza Drive, Casa Grande, AZ 85222.

J. Warren Funeral Services, Cole & Maud Casa Grande Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Casa Grande Dispatch (Arizona) 28 April 2004, Ray Bankston Jr. Obituary, GenealogyBank.com (https://www.genealogybank.com/doc/obituaries/obit/13326C522F17C558-13326C522F17C558 [subscription required] : accessed 9 April 2021)

MACR 4971 Details

A/C Last Sighted. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Plane hit by flak. Started to slow roll losing altitude; then fell straight down out of control.

Two planes were lost over enemy territory, ... From the planes that were lost, three chutes came from one, and two chutes from the other. The crews of the planes were Lt Blair H. Bradford, S/Sgt Clarence M. Gray, S/Sgt Vern E. Molver, Lt Michael E. Kleopfel, S/Sgt Ray Bankston, and S/Sgt LeRoy R. Shaw.
(416th BG History 1944)

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