Raymond F. DeMers, World War II Aviator
He helped set a record by destroying the most German aircraft in one combat mission. On March 28, 1944, his 357th Fighter Squadron of P-51B Mustang fighters attacked an air base in southern France, destroying eighteen enemy aircraft and damaging thirty-one. One month later DeMers flew a mission over Germany, where he shot down two planes and damaged a third. While strafing enemy shipping on the Rhine River, he was hit by anti-aircraft fire and killed. During his brief career he flew more than fifty combat missions and forty operational sorties. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
A USAAF pilot with the FG’s mascot, c. 1944
Mary, a pilot of the Air Transport Auxiliary, in her gear and Spitfire, c. 1944
The archives don’t say anything else about her, but she’s awesome looking.
Sgt. William P.Bostic of the 301st Fighter Squadron in the control tower of Ramitelli Air Field, Italy, March 1945.
T/Sgt Robert E. Corbin and Lt. Pauline Curry, nurse, of the 803rd Air Evacuation Transport Squadron check medical records before taking off with their patients from Taihpa Ga, Burma for quick evacuation to a rear base, March 1944.
Courtesy Capt. Miller HAG