Ramsey, Billy Ray, Capt

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7598-Basic Fixed-Wing Pilot
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Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
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1944-Present, 7598, MIA - WWII
Service Years
1942 - 1944
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Golden Dragon Certificate
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Last Known Activity
The squadron was formed on 1 January 1943 at Marine Corps Air Station Mojave, California as Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 236 (VMSB-236) flying the SBD Dauntless. In April 1943 they moved to Marine Corps Air Station Ewa, Hawaii for follow on training and eventually joined the war landing at Guadalcanal on 4 September 1943. From there the squadron took part in the first dive bombing strikes against Bougainville in preparation for the allied landing there on 1 November 1943. During the next year and a half the squadron would move frequently with its ground and air echelons being based in such places as Munda in the Solomon Islands, Torokina on Bougainville, Green Island in Papua New Guinea and Efate in what was then New Hebrides.
Mission History
On January 14, 1944 took off on a dive bombing mission against enemy shipping around Rabaul. Over the target, this aircraft was hit by either anti-aircraft fire or an enemy fighter, causing the tail to break off. Last seen in a flat spin over St. Georges Channel northeast of Rabaul. When this aircraft failed to return, it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

RAMSEY, Billy R, CAPT, O-014608, USMC, from Texas, location New Britain Island, date of loss January 14, 1944 + RAMSEY, Billy Ray, 14608, VMSB-236, MAG-14, 1st MAW, FMF, New Britain, January 15, 1945, killed in action + RAMSEY, Billy Ray, Captain, O-014608, USMC, from Texas, Manila American Cemetery

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 Unit Assignments
Aviation UnitsVMSB-236Missing In Action
  1942-1942, 7599, Marine Aviation Detachment (MAD) Corpus Christi, TX
  1943-1944, 7598, VMSB-236
  1944-Present, 7598, MIA - WWII
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
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