Fletcher, Ray Foley, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 1980, 310th Bombardment Group/380th Bombardment Squadron
Service Years
1942 - 1944

Aviation

First Lieutenant


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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Westborough
Last Address
Ajaccio, Corsica

Casualty Date
May 10, 1944
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Italy
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Mountain View Cemetery - Essex Center, Vermont
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
310th Bombardment Group/380th Bombardment Squadron
  1944-1944, 1980, 310th Bombardment Group/380th Bombardment Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1944 World War II
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
 Colleges Attended 
University of VermontBoston University
  1935-1938, University of Vermont
  1938-1941, Boston University
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First Lieutenant Ray F. Fletcher, USAAF, died May 10, 1944, while co-piloting a B-25C Mitchell medium bomber on a courier mission from Ajaccio, Corsica, to Ghisonaccia, Corsica. His aircraft encountered heavy storms and crashed on Mount Cagna, near Giannuccio. The rugged terrain prevented U.S. Army Air Force personnel from reaching the crash site at the time, and 1st Lt Fletcher was listed as "Killed in Action - Not Recoverable". A team of native Corsicans, working with the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, recently recovered 1st Lt Fletcher, and have returned his remains to Essex Center for burial next his parents, Ray and Nellie (Foley) Fletcher.



The aircraft crew and passengers remained MIA until their remains were found and identified in 2010.

Notes: Apparently, over the years, remains were found on the mountain with a more formal notification and research beginning in 1989.

Crew:
Capt. Lewis J. Geerlings, pilot, HQ, 57th Bomb Wing
1st Lt. Ray F. Fletcher, co-pilot, HQ 57th Bomb Wing (flew with the 380th BS, 310th BG)

Passengers:
SSgt. Edwin C. Elliott, HQ 57th Bomb Wing, Courier
Carolyn Chapin, American Red Cross
PFC Richard H. Loring, 52nd Fighter Group, Courier

1st Lt Ray F. Fletcher was born on May 5, 1917. He attended Westborough Schools and was a graduate of Boston University on June 2, 1941.

He served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force, 380th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 310th Bombardment Group (Medium), 57th Bombardment Wing, 12th Air Force, Mediterranean Theater of Operations.


1st Lt Fletcher is survived by a cousin, Rhetta Fletcher of Cheshire, Mass. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Priscilla Bagley; and many cousins, to include Consuelo Northrop Bailey, a former Lt. Governor of Vermont.

Funeral services will be held on Friday Aug. 20, 2010, at 11 a.m. in St. James Episcopal Church, Essex Jct. Burial with full military honors will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Essex Center. 

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