Dillon, Raymond James

Personal Information

Rank F/S
Forename(s) Raymond James
Surname Dillon
Gender M
Age 23
Date of Death 15-05-1942
Next of Kin Son of Raymond James Dillon and Elizabeth Mary Dillon (née Wilson) of Freeport, Illinois, USA.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Handley Page Hampden I
Serial Number AT224
Markings EQ-A

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Denmark
Burial/Memorial Place Kirke Vaerlose Churchyard
Grave Reference

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 1
Panel Number 29

Enlistment Information

Service Number R/67803
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 5
Squadron 408 (Goose)
Trade Pilot
Country of Origin United States of America

Other Memorials

Location Village Centre, Linton on Ouse, North Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Stone Memorial and inscribed slate tablet
Memorial Text In memory of 408 (Goose) and 426 (Thunderbird) Squadrons of R.C.A.F
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Location Lincoln County Hospital Chapel, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Metal Plaque
Memorial Text In memory of Officers, NCO's & Other Ranks of 5 (Bomber) Group RAF who gave their lives Sept 1939 - May 1945
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Miscellaneous Information

Raymond was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA on 26 December 1918. Both parents were born in the USA, his father, who worked as a clerk, in Iowa and his mother was born in White Pigeon, Illinois. He attended St. Joseph’s School and Freeport High School, 1934-1938 and Kansas City Art Institute, 1938-1939. He spent a couple of months working as a clerk in summer 1938 before returning to school and then worked as a skilled labourer with the Micro Switch Company. 1939-1940. He then spent another four months as a salesman.
Raymond enlisted on 30 September 1940, before the Pearl Barbour attack, and therefore while the United States was still neutral. In doing so he risked his citizenship, although it is clear from his enlistment papers that he did not swear and Oath to the King. After initial training Raymond embarked for the U.K. on 18 June 1941, arriving at 3PRC on 17 July 1941. He was then at 16 OTU 30 August 1941 and 408 Squadron on 26 December 1941. The following year Raymond very sadly lost his life on 15 May 1942.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 15-05-1942
End Date 16-05-1942
Takeoff Station Balderton
Day/Night Raid Night (1% moon)
Operation Mining operation in the Pumpkin area
Reason for Loss Shot down by flak off the E coast of Jutland Denmark.

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