LEWIS, RAYMOND S., Second Lieutenant, # 0-832742, USAAF


Raymond S. Lewis was born 15 October 1922 in Lee Co., Mississippi, to William Joel Lewis (1862-1943) and Martha Ellen (Sims) Lewis (1878-1942). Siblings included Joseph Leland Lewis (1896-1981), Percy E. Lewis (1904-1981), Gertrude (Lewis) Williams (1908-    ), Cedric Earl Lewis (1909-1993), Laura J. Lewis (1913-    ), Robert William Lewis (1914-    ), Jesse Duncan Lewis (1916-1994), George Edward Lewis (1918-1918), and James Green Lewis (1919-1977).


After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 13 March 1945, a C-46, # 42-101074, assigned to 20th Air Force, 3rd Air Transport Squadron (Mobile), departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, at 0614 hours IST on a cargo mission (88MK soft-nosed high explosive shells) to Chanyi, China. Last contact by radio was at about 0834 hours. Cpl. Paul L. Anira, 37660974, reported that 074 got take-off instructions then he heard the C-46 call at check points 47, 225 and a final call when his position (C-46 # 745) was over check point 218. Weather was broken clouds up to 18,000’ and required part time IFR. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the American Manila Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines, and a marker was placed in the Old Chesterville Cemetery, Chesterville, Pontotoc Co., Mississippi. He was awarded the Air Medal.


His brother, Cedric E. Lewis, born 10 January 1909, served in the U. S. Marine Corps, a Master Sergeant, and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster during WWII. He died 13 December 1993 and is buried in the Armstrong Chapel Cemetery, Green Hill, Indiana.


His brother, James G. Lewis, born 19 May 1919, served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII from 26 June 1942 to 7 March 1946. He died on 20 August 1977 and is buried in the Lee Memorial Park cemetery, Verona, Lee Co., Mississippi.