Prieto, Raoul R., Cpl

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1945-1945, AAF MOS 748, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1945
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
427th Bomb Squadron
Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
Apr 06, 1945
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot A, Row 43, Grave46

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Flight Engineer Badge
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1945, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 748, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 748, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1945-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
Raoul R. Prieto was born on April 3, 1924 to Antonio and Eridia Prieto in California. The US Census 1940 shows the family residing in Palm Springs.

Prieto was inducted into military service on February 24, 1943 in Los Angeles, California. He had completed 3 years of high school, and was single. He was chosen for flight duty, and trained as a flight engineer and also as an aerial gunner.

In March, 1945, he was assigned to the combat crew of Lt Roman Ley in England. His first mission with this crew was on April 6, 1945, with Lt Ley and crew getting checked out by First Pilot Alexander Alderman, an experienced pilot. Lt Ley flew as co-pilot.

Turning from the IP to the bomb run, the aircraft struck another B-17. After the collision, the aircraft fell out of formation, and exploded in mid-air. No parachutes were seen.

German troops supposedly retrieved eight bodies from the wreckage. These were buried in local cemeteries. After the war, Prieto's body was moved to the American (Ardennes) Cemetery in Belgium where he lies in Plot A, Row 43, Grave 46. crews
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Corporal Raoul R. Prieto was the assigned flight engineer and top turret gunner on B-17G # 43-38958, nicknamed "Green Hill Belle," assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 13719 covers this event. Mission loading logs show the Lt Ley crew was on their first mission, piloted by Lt Alderman.

2 Lt Melvin Alderman  p
2 Lt Roman M. Ley  c-p
F/O George S. Thomas  nav
2 Lt Howard G. Weinberg  bomb
Cpl Raoul R. Prieto  eng/tt gun
Cpl William M. Toler  r/o
Sgt Don Beebe  btg
Cpl Jesse M. Moore tail gun

No waist gunner assigned.

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