Ray Austin Gentry
S/Sgt 34434724 614th
1920 - 1944
Tail Gunner aboard 42-38162
Madingley cemetery, Camebridge, England.
Wall of missing
1920 - 1944
Ray was born Jul 13, 1920, Oldfields, Todd, Ashe, North Carolina.
His parents, Fred and Anna died in 1932, Ray was raised by his paternal uncle and aunt.
In Oct, 13, 1942 he enlisted to the air corps.
In 1944 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG
His last mission, Apr 9, 1944, target: Marienburg , Germany, the Group was attacked by a number
of FW 190's.
The B-17 , piloted by Lt. William R. Dawes, had its nose blown off and was seen going into the Baltic sea
There were no survivors of the crew, which was nearing the end of its tour.
He was awarded with an Air Medal and a Purple Heart Medal
In 1944, when Ray died on the age of 23 he left behind his family :
His uncle, Walter Gentry, age 48
His aunt, Nellie Gentry, age 46
Marienburg, located in East Prussia, was the most distant target yet bombed by the 401st.
Enroute back from the target, while over the Baltic Sea, the Group was attacked by a number of FW 190's.
AC was seen going into the sea.
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