Friedlander, Raymond, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1035-Bombardier
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 1035, 419th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1944
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
419th Bomb Squadron
Cerignola, Italy

Casualty Date
Jan 27, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Adriatic Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Burial Site Unknown

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Bombardier Badge

 Unit Assignments
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  419th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1035, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1035, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1035, 419th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1035, 419th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Raymond Friedlander was born in Minnesota in 1924, according to his NARA enlistment records. No census data or parentage have been located.

Friedlander was drafted and inducted into military service at New York City on May 4, 1943. His papers state he had completed 2 years of high school, and was working as an apprentice to other trades. He was assigned to the Army Air Forces.

He was selected for flight duty, and trained as a bombardier. After training, he was commissioned, awarded wings, and assigned to a unit in North Africa. He is supposed to have flown at least 20 missions.

On January 27, 1944, he was part of a crew assigned to bomb the base at Montpellier/Frejorgues, France. The Missing Air Crew Report, as shown, does not give details, but one observer stated that while flying along the Adriatic coast, it was noticed that this aircraft had one engine feathered and one that was smoking. Evidently, it crashed into the Adriatic Sea. The MACR states all were killed, but not how many were recovered.

The burial site, if any, of Lt. Friedlander is not known. American Battlefield Monuments Commission has no record of a foreign burial.



Lt Raymond Friedlander was acting as bombardier on B-17F # 42-3166, not named, supposedly assigned to the 419th Bomb Squadron, although it is not on that unit's list of aircraft.

Missing Air Crew Report 2058 was issued. Mission loading list shows the crew as:

2 Lt Billy J. Graves  p
2 Lt Norman C. Hill c-p
2 Lt John W. Hess  nav
2 Lt Raymond Friedlander  bomb
TSgt Joseph F. Kolb  eng/tt gun
SSgt James W. Powell  r/o
SSgt John M. Bergin  btg
SSgt Alfredo E. Francisco  wg
SSgt Harley A. Vanderberg  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

TSgt Kolb was previously and erroneously reported as Killed in Action on previous Missing Air Crew Report 1404.

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