Col. Gene Raymond,

USAF Reserve - 1960

A true American  Hero

Gene Raymond

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Gio,

Here is another step in the life of our Gene Raymond .

 Fran

Colonel Gene Raymond, USAFR (RET)

(link to this article>www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/history/wwii/gr.htm)

 

    When Nazi Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Gene Raymond became convinced that the U.S. would someday be drawn into the war. At his own expense, he took flying lessons to become a pilot, and following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Dec. 1941, he interrupted his motion picture career and accepted a commission as a first lieutenant. He initially flew as an observer in B-17s on anti-sub patrol off the Atlantic coast. Next, he attended intelligence school and following graduation, was sent to England in July 1942 and assigned to the 97th Bomb Group. He was soon promoted to Assistant Operations Officer in the 8th Bomber Command.

 

    In 1943 he returned to the U.S. and flew B-17s, B-25s, B-26s, and P-39s. Following the termination of hostilities, he was released from active duty as a major on Oct. 22, 1945.

 

    Raymond remained in the USAF Reserve following WW II. On Aug. 13, 1968, after having logged more than 5,000 hours and having been awarded his command pilot wings, he retired from the USAF Reserve as a Colonel.

 

Raymond receiving cockpit instructions in a T-33 jet trainer.  He also flew the T-39, KC-97, KC-135, and C-141 before retiring.

Raymond and classmates at  B-25 transition school, 1943.  Raymond is standing at left.

Captain Raymond and fellow officer in 1943 prior to climbing  into a B-25 for  a flight.

 

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Fran

 

 

 

 

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