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John Ray

Surname

Christian Names

Service Number

Rank

Regiment

Ray John 162911 Flt Lt 97 Sqn, RAFCR

Born

Age

Enlisted at

Address

Windsor 38    

Date of Death

Where killed

Cause of Death

23/02/1945 Asjardstrand, Norway Killed in action

Cemetery

Plot

Country

Tonsberg Old Cemetery 10.4 Norway

Next of Kin

Next of kin address

Town

Winifred Kathleen Joyce Ray   Chippenham

Notes

Husband of Winifred Kathleen Joyce Ray, of Chippenham, Wiltshire.

Took off from Conningsby at 1650 on Operation Horton, the bombing of U-Boat facilties in Oslo fjord. Shot down during an exchange of fire with a Ju88, crashing at Asjardstrand. Six lie in Tonsberg Old Cemetery, but Panel 272 of the Runnymede memorial perpetuates the memory of Sgt Moroney. Flt Lt Ray was 38, well over the age associated with operational aircrew.

Lancaster III PB588 OF+E

Fl Lt BJ Hines
Sgt J McD Sinclair
Flt Lt MR McQuilliam RCAF
FS AJ Marrable
Sgt D Moroney
Flt Lt Ray
FS CW Palmer

WR Chorly "Bomber Command Losses"

Before the war was a Police Sgt in the Wilts Constabulary based in Chippenham. Prior to the police, Ray had served at 18 in the RASC in 1924 before joining the police in 1927. He had been stationed at Melksham, Devizes, Downton, Wilton, Holt, Charlton near Malmesbury, Sutton Benger and moved to Chippenham on promotion to Sgt in 1939, after a spell on motor cycle patrols.

Although near the upper age limit, he volunteered for flying duties in the middle of 1943. He initially passed completed the Air Gunners course and was promoted to Sgt and 7 months later was commissioned as a Plt Off.

Ray Close, Pewsham is not named after him but after Rays Charity

Memorials Commemorated on:

Chippenham Town War Memorial

Yes

Last updated - 14/01/2011

 

 


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