MALONEY, RAYMOND ALBERG, First Lieutenant, # 0-726056, USAAF
Raymond A. Maloney was born 4 December 1916 in Virgin, Utah, to Reuben Daniel Mahoney (1893-1954) and Josephine Amelia (Alberg) Mahoney (1895-1970). He had seven siblings, including Allen Reuben Maloney (1918-1982), Anna Marie Maloney (1921-1989), John “Jack” Thomas Maloney (1924-1945), Kenneth Maloney (1926-1926), Fred Maloney (1927-1997), Shirley Olive Maloney (1930-1948), and Patricia Ann Maloney (1934-1993) and two more brothers. On his WW II draft registration, he described himself as 5’8”, 152 lbs, blue eyes. He enlisted 15 November 1940 in Salt Lake City, Utah, with two years of college. His enlisted service number was 19010507. Trained as a bombardier on the B-24, he was sent overseas to 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Squadron. On 1 December 1943, the B-24J Liberator was downed by enemy aircraft after a bombing mission on Insein, Burma and was last seen at 1228 hours. Seven crewmen were able to parachute safely and were captured. He was a POW in the Rangoon Cantonment (former British prison) and, while there, two crewmen died in captivity. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.
He had several periods of active duty with the USAF – 13 June 1942 through 27 October 1946; 8 April 1948 through 3 November 1948; and 17 May 1951 through 31 October 1964 (retired as a Major). He earned a degree in geology from Utah State University and later earned a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He worked for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft for years and retired in 1984. On 30 June 1949, he married Iva Mae Eames (1927-1990) in Cache, Utah, and they had three sons. After Iva Mae died, he married Lula (Brinkerhoff) nee Thompson (1922-2007). He died 12 July 2004 and is buried in the Virgin Cemetery, Virgin, Utah.
Brother Allen R. Maloney, born 13 October 1918, served during WW II in the U.S. Navy, service # 9642500, from 9 December 1943 through 6 April 1946. On his WW II draft card, he described himself as 5’6”, 140 lbs, brown hair with blue eyes. In Mar., 1944, he served aboard the U.S.S. General John R. Brooke, as a fireman 2nd class. On the LCT Fourteen (Group), in Jul., 1945, he served as a machinists mate 3rd class. On the LSM 437 (Jan. - Mar., 1946) he was a machinists mate 3rd class.
10 March 1943 - Salt Lake Telegram - Second Lieutenant Raymond Maloney of Virgin, Utah, was mentioned by the AP dispatch this week from the India USAAF heavy bomber )B-24J) base, for his part in an air raid over Rangoon on 13 Mar., 1943. A 45-minute battle started at noon eight miles northeast of Rangoon (after the bombing), 2ndLt Maloney was bombardier on a bomber. He declared, "I dropped all my bombs - as did all the others - then went back to work with the machine gun." He and others describe the heavy fighting they encountered at that time when they were attacked bi Jap fighters. The pilot of Maloney's bomber, Lt. Gordon Wilson, Covington, KY, said, "The Japs were so near at times it seemed like they were flying in the formation with us." As a result of the flight, one Japanese I-45 was shot down in flames, another was probably destroyed and some of the other Jap fighters were badly damaged.