43-6283

 

On 27 March 1944, a flight of P-51-A-10 Mustangs, assigned to 10th Air Force, 311th Fighter Group, 530th Fighter Squadron, took off from the air field at Mohanbari, India, on a mission to intercept enemy aircraft SE of Dum Dum. P-51-A-10 Mustang, # 43-6283, was flown by 1stLt Harry J. Wray, 0-671836. Wray was shot down by enemy aircraft. A witness was Capt. James J. England, 0-662903. There was no search.

 

Capt. England reported: He led the interception mission flight. They climbed to 20,000 feet and at 1100 hours spotted the enemy aircraft. Lt Wray was on the wing of Lt Paradise and followed Paradise on the enemy bomber with Zeros following. The flight of five P-51s attacked a flight of twelve enemy bombers and more than twenty enemy fighters. He did not see Wray again.

 

WRAY, HARRY J., First Lieutenant, # 0-671836, USAAF

 

Harry J Wray was born 3 November 1919 in Handley, Tarrant County, Texas, to James Pierce Wray (1879-1952) and Olive “Ollie” (Kortz) Wray (1885-    ). Harry’s brothers were Jock Wray (1914-    ) and Robert Clifton Wray (1916-1981). The 1940 census shows the family in Fort Worth, TX, James P. Wray, widowed, living with Clifton and Harry. In 1916, they lived at 2837 Travis, Fort Worth, TX. In 1918 James P. and Olive “Ollie” Wray lived at 301 Hemphill St., Fort Worth, Texas. In 1927 and 1930, they lived at 1432 Gambrell, Fort Worth, TX. On the WW II draft card James P. Wray wrote his DOB as 22 September 1880, instead of 1881, born in Searcy, Arkansas, with an address of 3240 So. Adams, Fort Worth, TX. His Laurel Land Memorial Park cemetery marker gives his year of birth as 1879.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 1 July 1941, employed at the U.S. District Court, and described himself as 5’9”, 135 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted (enlisted # 18083746) in Dallas, Texas, on 1 April 1942, and completed two years of college. He completed flight training as a fighter pilot and earned his commission and pilot wings in the USAAF. On 27 March 1944, a flight of P-51-A-10 Mustangs, assigned to 10th Air Force, 311th Fighter Group, 530th Fighter Squadron, took off from the air field at Mohanbari, India, on a mission to intercept enemy aircraft SE of Dum Dum. P-51-A-10 Mustang, # 43-6283, was flown by 1stLt Harry J. Wray, 0-671836. Wray was shot down by enemy aircraft. Capt. England led the flight. They climbed to 20,000 feet and at 1100 hours spotted the enemy aircraft. Lt Wray was on the wing of Lt Paradise and followed Paradise on the enemy bomber with Zeros following. The flight of five P-51s attacked a flight of twelve enemy bombers and more than twenty enemy fighters. He did not see Lt. Paradise or Lt. Wray again. 1stLt Wray is remembered on the memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Mausoleum, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Robert Clifton Wray, DOB 22 January 1916 (DOD 12 September 1981) served in the military as well. He registered for the WW II draft while employed by the U.S. Post Office and described himself as 5’7”, 130 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. After two years of college, he enlisted in the U.S. Army on 9 January 1942 at Camp Wolters, Texas, and was honorably separated 24 September 1945.  Image next page.