WWII pilot makes his last journey home

“I take comfort in knowing that he’s finally home.”

Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Ray Packard was listed as missing in action after being shot down in France in 1944. Last month, he was interred at Arizona’s Prescott National Cemetery.

By Mike Anton
The Los Angeles Times
November 11, 2008
Two weeks after he left Orange County for World War II, Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Ray Packard took off in his P-38 Lightning fighter on a bombing mission over German-occupied France. It took him 64 years to return home.

Packard’s plane was among 11 shot down Aug. 25, 1944, when their squadron was overwhelmed in a dogfight with 80 German fighters over Beauvais, a rural area north of Paris. Five of the pilots survived and eluded capture. Two were taken prisoner. The remains of three pilots listed as missing in action were eventually recovered.

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Les Stukenberg / The Daily Courier
Army National Guard Chaplain John Lockhart hands the ceremonial flag to Ron and Esperanza Packard after the ceremony for Ray Packard, Ron’s uncle.

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http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-
me-airman11-2008nov11,0,3161750.story

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