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Personnel

S/Sgt

Jean E. RAY

Army Serial Number: 374269256
Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: 349th Bombardment Squadron
Rank:
Position: Radio Operator / Gunner
Beginning Date of 100th Service: Unknown
Time of Service at Thorpe Abbotts: Unknown - Unknown

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: POW
MACR: 00000
CR: 00000
Comments: 3 SEP 43 BEAUMONT Le ROGER (COL WITH 100TH B-17)

Media Articles

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Media ItemTypePageVolume/IssueBroadcast SourceTimeDescriptionFile
Jean Ray trainingPrintNewton Daily News July 31 194412:00 am
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Jean Ray missing over EuropePrintNewton Daily News Sept 15 194312:00 am
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Jean Ray MIAPrintNewton Daily News Oct 19 194312:00 am
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Jean Ray MIAPrintThe Des Moines Register Sept 16 194312:00 am
Jean Ray POWPrintNewton Daily News Nov 1 194312:00 am
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Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

2nd Lt Charles B. Winkelman P EVADEE 3/9/43 PARIS SN# 0-738320
2nd Lt Ralph D. Smith CP EVADEE 3/9/43 PARIS SN# 0-801345
2nd Lt William H. Booth NAV EVADEE 3/9/43 PARIS SN# 0-800093
2nd Lt Howard M. Harris BOM EVADEE 3/9/43 PARIS SN# 0-676325
T/Sgt Thomas E. Combs TTE EVADEE 3/9/43 PARIS SN# 14134640 Taps 1983
T/Sgt Jean E. Ray ROG POW 3/9/43 PARIS SN# 37426256
S/Sgt Thomas L. Cuccaro BTG POW 3/9/43 PARIS SN# 32437605
S/Sgt Michael F. Darcy WG EVADEE 3/9/43 PARIS SN# 32443852
S/Sgt Alfred J. Zeoli WG EVADEE 3/9/43 PARIS SN# 31042353
S/Sgt Ennis M. Bankhead TG KIA 3/9/43 PARIS SN# 38220710

349th Sqdn. Crew, as above, joined 100th Group on 25/8/43.
No MACR in national archives files. A/C #42-30035 "TORCHY"

Crew was on its first mission - Paris. Apparently a 100th Group a/c came up below the a/c
of this crew and one of its props chewed into the tail assembly killing Bankhead. In 1981
correspondence with Thomas Combs he explained that he became separated from the rest of
the crew after bail out. Combs was aided by French patriots and underground. Spent 3 months
in Paris then down to southern border and crossed Pyrenees in Dec. and was flown back to
England arriving 3 Jan. 1944 exactly 4 months after being shot down. Winkelman got back
about 2 months later.

"TORCHY" was the a/c flown overseas by the crew of Sam L. Barr. It was named after the
wife of James R. Brown, navigator of the crew.

Sgt. Bankhead is buried in the Epinal American cemetary.

I note a little error into Evaders' pages: About crewmen of Torchy serial 42-30035 (E&E167, 258, 259, 271, 272 303, and 468.) I read (^) Dhusson-Longueville, France. Sorry, is not D'Huisson-Longueville but precisely Cerny (91). I was searching about the S/Sgt Ennis Bankhead killed in his turret by propellers of Sunny serial 42-30089 and I hope a marble plate in honor to him. According to witnesses The Torchy was crashed in 48° 28' 11.09'' N / 02° 19' 46.97'' E on juridiction of Cerny…..Jean Robin.
Memo 2:
POW/KIA notes: Crews First Mission.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT Information:

Target:
Beaumont Le Roger
Aircraft:
"Torchy" (42-30035)
Date:
1943-09-03
Cause:
Collided with 42-30089

Photos

Charles B. Winkelman Crew

Charles B. Winkelman Crew: Standing from left: Thomas E. Combs - TTE, Jean E. Ray - ROG, Thomas Cuccaro - BTG, Michael F. Darcy - WG, and Ennis M. Bankhead - TG. Kneeling: Charles B. Winkelman - Pilot, Ralph D. Smith - CP, William H. Booth - NAV and Howard M. Harris - BOM, This crew was shot down 3 Sep 43 near Paris, France. Seven of this crew evaded capture and returned to Military Control, two were POWs and the Tail Gunner Ennis Bankhead was KIA. This aircraft was involved in the massive collision of 100th aircraft at Paris on 3 Sep 43. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives)

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt WINKELMAN, Charles P EVA
LT SMITH, Ralph D CP EVA
Lt BOOTH, William H. NAV EVA
LT HARRIS, Howard M. BOM EVA
T/SGT COMBS, Thomas E. TTE EVA
S/Sgt RAY, Jean E. ROG POW
T/SGT CUCCARO, Thomas L. BTG POW
S/SGT DARCY, Michael F. WG EVA
S/SGT ZEOLI, Alfred J. WG EVA
S/SGT BANKHEAD, Ennis M. TG KIA