Boulter, Raymond A., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1091-Pilot, B-17
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 1091, 359th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1944
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
359th Bomb Squadron
Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
Nov 10, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

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Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy359th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1942, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1091, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1091, 359th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1944-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Raymond Anderson Boulter was born on December 24, 1919 in Tyler, Texas. His parents were Robert S. and Cecile Amy Taylor Boulter. The US Censuses of 1920 and 1940 shows the family residing in Smith County, Texas, outside Tyler.

Boulter enlisted in the US Army Air Forces on December 19, 1941, in Dallas, Texas. His enlistment records show he enlisted as an Aviation Cadet, had completed 3 years of college (unnamed,) and his occupation field is listed as "actors/actresses."

Evidently, he completed pilot training, and was awarded wings and a commission, although details have not been located. His first official appearance in the military annals is arriving at Molesworth, England in October, 1944. He was assigned as First Pilot and was given a combat crew.

He flew only 3 combat missions. On November 10, 1944, the designated target were the Ostheim and Butzweilerhof airfields near Cologne, Germany. While on the bomb run, the aircraft was struck by flak that blew away the #3 engine and the right wheel assembly. The side panels above the bomb bays were blown off, also.

The aircraft peeled to right, began a steep dive partially under control, with #3 nacelle blazing. Eye witnesses state they saw three men exit the ship, but no open parachutes. Somehow, all but 2 of the crew survived. Boulter and the togglier were killed in the crash. All others were captured by German troops.

The 2 dead men were buried in a cemetery outside Eudenbach, Germany in what German records record as "a double grave near the right entrance." It is not sure if Boulter's body was recovered later, as no burial site is listed. He is honored on the Walls of the Missing in the American Cemetery in Henri-Chapelle, Belguim.

There are discrepancies in the life records of Lt Boulter concerning marriage. One source states he was married to Frances Nerren; another source (Next of Kin designator) states his wife was Ida E. Boulter. Research continues. crews
US Census 1920
US Census 1940
NARA Enlistment Records


Raymond A. Boulter was the assigned pilot of B-17G # 42-31830, nicknamed "Marie", assigned to the 359th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 10355 was issued. Mission loading lists state the crew involved were:

1 Lt Raymond A. Boulter  p
2 Lt Arthur F. Perry  c-p
2 Lt James M. Craven  nav
TSgt Lewis P. Ficken  togglier
TSgt Glenn E. Wyly  eng/tt gun
TSgt Harold P. McKelvey  r/o
TSgt Carl E. Frymoyer  btg
SSgt Joseph J. Sanzone  wg
SSgt Stanley Finch  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

In the crew photo, Boulter is in the front row, at right.

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