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RAY PORTER
World War II
Memories and Biography

(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)

224 Broad St.
San Luis Obispo, California 93401

October 8, 1986

Dear Will:

Yes, I corresponded with you, I think, just before the reunion in San Antonio. I can't remember exactly when.

I will first answer your psot script, the 44th has my squadron listed as 506 and I don't know how it got that way as I arrived at the 44th and in the 67th Sq. 7-29-44 and left on or about the 18th of May 1945.

On O. Frank Hurst crew trip to Misburg (Hannover) [on the 11th] we had just finished dropping our bombs and a piece of flak came through the plexiglass and the glass entered my eye. I couldn't see I don't think it was too serious but we heard the group ahead was being raked over by fightesr just ahead of us so the navigator Carl Appelin had to take over the front guns in hope that we wouldn't meet the fate of the ogther group which we found out on landing had almost been wiped out.

I have wanted to go by your place and possibly see some of the information you must have and know you put out a book but I failed to let you know. I somehow got too busy in my little world and then my wife had a stroke so have to keep a watchful eye on her. I didn't have too much data as I tried to follow the rules and not keep a diary and most of the pictures I took were censored by the local English photo shop.

I hope this help syou in the tremendous amount of work done in research.

Sincerely,

Ray Porter




RAYMOND W. PORTER
World War II
Memories and Biography

(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)

224 Broad Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

20 October 1982

Dear Will:

Yes, it appears that I may be the one you write about. I was in the 67th squadron, 44th BG from September 1944 to May 5, 1945.

I certainly would like to know what comments I made on a mission February 22, 1945. There is so much that happened and I didn't keep a diary and my memory has slipped a great deal. I have a book on the 44th Bomb Group and it gives the members, but for some reason our crew did not get into it. I took it to work with me one day and found out two men that I worked with were in the group, but when the group was in Africa - D. R. Horton, 211 Palomar Ave., Shell Beach, 93462, and E. L. Horton, P. O. Box 3110, Pismo Beach, 93349.

I joined the 2nd Air Division a couple years ago and attended the reunion at San Antonio, but did not get to the one at Knoxville. I do hope that my wife and I can go to England next year.

I stayed in the reserve and retired a few years ago and also retired from my civilian job.

Sincerely yours,

Raymond W. Porter

P.S. Frame No. 1163 - In part, 22 February 1945 Mission to Gottigen M/Y 1 Lt. Raymond W. Porter, 735 Ida St., San Luis Obispo, California. "Practically all bombs hit around the same spot and I think that spot was the right one."
 
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