Dampman, Raymond H

Raymond H. Dampman  was the son of  Ramonus and Dora Dampman who lived in Warwick Township, Pennsylvania. He was the oldest of three children.

Raymond graduated form Warwick high school in 1931. He worked in construction after high school

Raymond was inducted into the Army Air Corps on March 12, 1942. He received training in Mississippi, Nevada, and South Carolina. Raymond was assigned to serve with the 75th Bomber Squadron, 42nd Bomber Group, Medium - part of what was known as the Jungle Air Force. Raymond was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and became a Flight Engineer on a B-25 Mitchell Bomber .

Raymond’s squadron was shipped overseas to the Pacific Theater of Operations in August, 1943. They were based on Guadalcanal and flew missions against the remaining Japanese-held islands in the Solomon’s to neutralize enemy airfields and harbor facilities.
On a mission to attack Rabaul, on New Briton Island, the most heavily defended enemy held base, Raymond’s aircraft went down.

His family received a telegram in February stating that his son was Missing In Action on a mission over enemy territory. Two years later, as was the governments policy, his status was changed to Killed In Action.

Staff Sergeant Raymond H. Dampman, 33, was Killed In Action on January 22, 1944. Raymond received the Air Medal and Purple Heart.   He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing in Action at the Manila American Cemetery, in the Philippines.

Both of his brothers served in the Army during the World War II.


Research by Don Wambold, WCMSC