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Always Remember Those Who Gave All: MC WW2 Gold Stars and MIA Survivors

Raymond Edward Bowkley

Raymond Edward Bowkley (1917-1965)

MC Class: ex-1940

Years at MC: 1936-1937 (Freshman)

Hometown: Califron, NJ

Life at MC: Alpha Sigma Literary Society, Track Team

Military Branch: US Air Forces

Military Unit: 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 384th Bombardment Group (Heavy)

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant (Bombardier)

Medals Awarded: Prisoner of War Medal

Date Missing: 13 May 1944

Circumstances of "Missing in Action": "While formation was under enemy aircraft attack, pulled out of formation to the left and was seen circling under control, with fires under inboard sections and both wings; five chutes emerged; crashed near Loitz, Germany" (

Prisoner of War Camp: "Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11" (

Notification of Survival: May 1945

Circumstances of Rescue/Escape: "Second Lieutenant (Air Corps) Raymond E. Bowkley (ASN: 0-684604), United States Army Air Forces, was captured by German forces after his aircraft was shot down on or about May 13, 1944 and was held as a Prisoner of War until his return to U.S. Military Control at the end of hostilities in May 1945" (

Burial/Memorial Information: Lower Valley Union Cemetery, Califon, Hunterdon County, New Jersey (

Additional Information: His full personnel record can be found on the 384th Bombardment Group website.

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1936 Maryville College Track Team