Raymond J Jones Memories
SSgt Raymond J Jones, 416th Gunner
Raymond J Jones, was born Feb.13, 1922 in Camden, NJ. He was raised in South
Philadelphia, PA and attended St. Anthonys Grade School and Bok High
Raymond worked for General Electric before enlisting in AAF Aug. 26,
1942. He had basic training at Atlantic City, NJ before completing Airplane
Mechanics School in Goldboro, NC. More training included A-20 Douglas Air Craft School in
Santa Monica, CA., and Gunnery training at Fort Meyers, FL.
Jones was then assigned as a crew member to the 416th Bomb Group, 671st Bomb Sqadron. Missions
before D-Day were bridges and buzz bomb sites. He flew the early mission on
D-Day, dropping 1,500 bombs. His aircraft's fuel pump was shot up on a mission the last of June.
Sgt Jones was promoted to Staff Sergeant soon after. He flew a total of 51 missions and received the
following citations and medals: Aerial AAF Technician Badge Good
Conduct MedalEuropean African Middle Eastern Service Medal with five
SSgt Jones participated in battle and campaigns of the Air Offensive Europe: NormandyNorthern France
SSgt Jones left Europe February 1945 and arrived in the US March 1945. He was stationed at
Champagne, Illinois and Randolph Field, Madison, Wisconsin before being discharged at
Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania Sept. 29, 1945.
Raymond moved to Tulsa, OK in 1947 and married Ira in 1947. They have one girl and two boys and
Raymond worked in the painting and decorating trade, Local 1895. He had 28 years
with the Rooney Co. as painting foreman and superintendent maintaining oil
company office building. He retired in 1984. He is a member of Tulsa Green
Country Woodworkers Club, doing projects for worthy causes, one of which
is making toys for Salvation Army and the church for Christmas.