|S/Sgt. Raymond Munstermann served in the 785th Bombardment Squadron.|
Raymond C. Munstermann never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on April 24, 1918 in Minnesota. His parents Ernest and Mary were also both born in Minnesota. Three of his grandparents were born in Germany. His father worked as a farmer. Raymond had three older brothers, one older sister, one younger brother and three younger sisters. By 1940 Raymond had completed eight years of school and was working on the family farm.
He was drafted into the army on February 27, 1942 and volunteered for the Army Air Forces. He became a staff sergeant and gunner in the 785th Bombardment Squadron, 466th Bombardment Group which was equipped with B-24 Liberators.
On July 28, 1944 the B-24 Liberator Sgt. Munstermann was flying in stalled on takeoff from Attlebridge, England. It crashed and the fuel tanks exploded which in turn set off 2 thousand-pound bombs. The entire crew, including Sgt. Munstermann was killed.
His grave is at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Holloway, Minnesota.
Last year on this date I profiled James Burnett, 29th Infantry Division. You can read about James here.
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