|LT. RAYMOND CONWAY|
Served in U.S. Army from September 4, 1943 until November 30, 1945|
·2nd Lt Air Corp Army 532nd Bombardment Squadron
·1st Lt Air Corp Army 381st Bombardment Group (H)
·He received the Distinguished Flying Cross Award (DFC), May 13, 1944
·He received the Air Medal with the Three Oak Cluster Award, April 28,1944
·Qualified as member of the Sea Squatters Club, March 6, 1944
Article from Newspaper:
Southtowner (Southside of Chicago Newspaper), 23, gets DFC after 25 European Raids
For “extraordinary achievement” the Distinguished Flying Cross has been awarded to Lt. Raymond B. Conway, 5436 Aberdeen St., in the European theater of operations.
Lieutenant Conway Won the DFC after serving as navigator of the flying fortress “any Base?’ on 25 combat missions over enemy-occupied Europe. He also holds the air medal with three oak leaf clusters. Roughest Mission: “Roughest” mission for the 23 year-old Southtowner was the March 6 attach on Berlin. His fortress, “Round Trip Ticked,” failed to live up to its name after two engines were silenced by antiaircraft fire over Berlin and the pilot was forced to “ditch” in the channel 100 yards short of the English coast.
Lieutenant Conway and his crewmates were picked up and automatically became members of the “Goldfish Club” which is composed of airmen who have successfully crash-landed in the sea.
His fortress “Any Base?” is so-named because of its crew’s reputation for being forced to land at strange bases. Lieutenant Conway’s operational record to date includes 30 missions—five to Berlin, four to Frankfurt and two to Leipzig, among others.
Parker Graduate: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Conway, 6721 May St., the lieutenant is married to the former Suzanne Feilen, who now lives at the Aberdeen St. address with their infant son Kenneth R.
Lieutenant Conway was graduated from Parker High School in 1938. Before entering the Armed Forces, he was employed by the Clark-Wilson Meat Packing Company.
He went on active duty as an aviation cadet in January, 1943 and completed navigational training at Selman Field, La., where he won his wings and was commissioned a lieutenant September 4, 1943. He arrived overseas last December.