1Lt. Raymond A. Maloney, ASN O-726056

Bombardier - Gordon Smith Crew

10th Air Force / 7th Bombardment Group / 9th Bombardment Squadron

Enlisted: 13 June 1942   Separated: 27 October 46

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal

42 Combat Missions

Lt. Maloney was taken as a prisoner of war on December 1, 1943, while participating in his 42nd combat mission. On a bombing mission to the Insein Engine Sheds at Rangoon, Burma, with a crew piloted by Lt. Bill Wright, he was shot down. Lt. Maloney survived to be liberated from the Rangoon POW camp.

From 9th Bombardment Squadron History

December, 1943 witnessed a serious depletion in the number of combat crews in the Ninth Squadron...December 1st proved to be a disastrous day when the Ninth Bomb Squadron lost three planes and crews...The first mission of the month went out on December 1st. The target was the Insein Engine Shed at Rangoon, Burma. This proved to be the most disastrous mission ever experienced by this squadron. Three crews and planes were lost. The pilots of these were Captain Bill Wright, Lt. George T. Elliot, and Lt. Carl F. Carpenter. Capt Wright was the Ninth Bombardment Squadron's operations officer, Lt. Elliot was in his third month of combat, and Lt. Carpenter was on his first mission with his crew, although it was actually his second mission. Results of bombing on this mission could not be determined because of the intense enemy aircraft activity. There were at least twenty-seven enemy aircraft interceptors. Our claims were two destroyed and one probably destroyed.

Lt. Maloney's Find-A-Grave.com Memorial

9th BS Personnel

7th BG Personnel