Wetmore, Ray Shuey, Maj

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1950-1951, AAF MOS 1055, 33rd Fighter-Interceptor Group
Service Years
1941 - 1951
Major

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Kerman, California
Last Address
Otis AFB, Massachusetts

Date of Passing
Feb 14, 1951
 
Location of Interment
Oakwood Memorial Park - Santa Cruz, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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  2014, In the Line of Duty
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was a quadruple ace in WWII. He was credited with 21.25 victories in aerial combat.
He was killed in an accidental crash of an F-86 at or near Otis AFB.

His DSC citations:

Awarded for actions during World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Captain (Air Corps) Ray S. Wetmore (ASN: 0-675960), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 370th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 2 November 1944, during a bomber escort mission over Germany. Upon leaving the target, Captain Wetmore spotted thirty Me-109's which he immediately led his section of six airplanes to engage. He overtook the enemy and by the vigor and daring of his attack broke up the Me-109 formation. Scoring hits on one enemy airplane, he pursued it alone through the undercast to complete its destruction. Alone under the overcast, he then engaged from fifteen to twenty more Me-109's, refusing to break off the action in the face of repeated passes by the enemy pilots although only two of his guns were firing. Despite the overwhelming numerical superiority of the enemy, his cool courage and superb skill as a combat pilot resulted in the destruction of another enemy fighter, and the remaining Me-109's then dispersed. Captain Wetmore's resolute determination to attack and destroy the enemy in the face of every hazard and his eagerness to force combat against heavy odds have been an inspiration to his fellow flyers and reflect highest credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 87 (1944)

Action Date: 2-Nov-44

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 370th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 359th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

Awarded for actions during World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Captain (Air Corps) Ray S. Wetmore (ASN: 0-675960), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 370th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 27 November 1944, during an air mission over Germany. On this date, Captain Wetmore was leader of a flight of four P-51 fighter aircraft on a fighter sweep mission over north central Germany. During the mission he sighted three formations of enemy aircraft, totaling more than 200 FW 190's and Me-109's. With total disregard for his own personal safety, Major Wetmore tracked the hostile fighters, radioing their positions, altitude and course to his nearby fighter group. Supporting fighters failed to arrive, and Major Wetmore, ignoring the fact of the overwhelming odds of 200 to 2, chose to attack three of the enemy aircraft in the air. The action of Major Wetmore on this occasion was a clear demonstration of the willful selection of the more hazardous of two acceptable and honorable courses of action, since his withdrawal from the combat under such overwhelmingly unfavorable circumstances would certainly have been acceptable. Captain Wetmore's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Air Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 168 (1945)

Action Date: 27-Nov-44

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 370th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 359th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force
 
   
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 Unit Assignments
USAAF Training CommandAviation Cadet Flight School321st Fighter Squadron359th Fighter Group
370th Fighter Squadron59th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron33rd Fighter-Interceptor Group
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 511, USAAF Training Command
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1055, 321st Fighter Squadron
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 359th Fighter Group
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 370th Fighter Squadron
  1950-1951, AAF MOS 1065, 59th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1950-1951, AAF MOS 1055, 33rd Fighter-Interceptor Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-86 Sabre  
  1943-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1944-1949, P-51/F-51 Mustang3
  1950-1951, F-86 Sabre
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