44-40787

 

On 17 September 1944 a B-24J, # 44-40787, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 374th Bomb Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Liuchow with another B-24 on a combat sweep. Last contact by radio was at 0135 Zulu, 125 miles east of Hong Kong. The crew was:

                                   Pilot                             2ndLt Raymond S. Throgmorton                     0-533365

                                   Co-Pilot                       FO LeRoy J. Zalusky                                       T-123509

                                   Navigator                    2ndLt Glenn C. Streeter                                  0-447473

                                   Bombardier                  2ndLt Robert W. Young                                  0-698073

                                   Crew Chief                  TSgt Jasper B. Armstrong                                14033665  375th Bomb Squadron

                                   Radio Operator            TSgt Hans G. Hansen                                      39040769

                                   Radar Observer           TSgt Robert J. Morrison                                   20151532  373rd Bomb Squadron

Last contact was with TSgt Jimmie V. Angel, 37410194. The next-of-kin listed were:

                                  Throgmorton   Pearl V. Throgmorton, M, 3737 Wrightwood Ave., Chicago, IL

                                  Streeter            Marian E. Streeter, W, Lunenburg, VT

                                  Young              Dr. Morgan H. Young, F, Crump Rd, Capeville, TN

                                  Zalusky           Ellen R. Zalusky, M, 3414 Saint Paul Ave., Minneapolis, Minn.

                                  Armstrong       Bell B. Armstrong, M, Franklinton, LA

                                  Hansen            Phyllis J. Hansen, W, 25 Oregon St., Richmond, CA

                                  Morrison          Louella D. Morrison, M, 6 Sacramento St., Cambridge, Mass.

THROGMORTON, RAYMOND STANLEY, Second Lieutenant, # 0-533365, USAAF

 

Raymond S. Throgmorton was born on 7 February 1920 in Marion Co., Illinois, to Walter L. Throgmorton (1887-1972) and Pearl Violet (Smith) Throgmorton (1895-1982) (1st wife Carrye Oliver (1892-1921), on 7 January 1914, Pulaski, IL). Siblings were Katherine E. (Throgmorton) Schmidt (1915-2015), Walter Lee Throgmorton (1923-2002), and Eugenia Pearl Throgmorton (1932-2001). Living with them in 1930 were a maternal uncle, C. Ray Smith (1899-    ) (IL) (widowed) and a cousin, Gary Richard Smith (1929-    ) (AR). His father was a newspaper editor/ publisher in 1930-1940.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 1 July 1941, a student, resided at 2644 N. Troy St., Chicago, IL, and described himself as 5’10”, 158 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, on 2 September 1941. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 17 September 1944 a B-24J, # 44-40787, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 374th Bomb Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Liuchow with another B-24 on a combat sweep. Last contact by radio was at 0135 Zulu, 125 miles east of Hong Kong. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Order of Yun Hoi by the Chinese government. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.