1/Lt. Francis Raymond Sharp


(C. Olshavsky)

1/Lt. Francis Raymond Sharp

338th FS - 18 September 1944 - 30 April 1945

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D 44-63287 CL-W "My Jane" (C. Olshavsky)

Mission History

Completed Tour of Duty
301.20 combat hours
65 Sorties

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
305 13 January 1945 Bad Nauheim and Mannheim
306 14 January 1945 Magdeburg
Air Scores
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed
Damaged  
Score Detail 13 January 1945  (.5)Do-217 destroyed (ground) Giebelstadt
14 January 1945  Me-110 destroyed (ground) SE/Salzwedel
Notes Born in Newburgh, New York on 12 March 1921
ASN - O-816944
Known as 'Ray'
18 September 1944 - Joined the 338th Fighter Squadron
09 October 1944 - Bailed after take-off at Wormingford, in P-51D CL-I 44-13668
Photo of crash crater. (C. Olshavsky) 
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17 December 1944 - Awarded the Air Medal
27 December 1944 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
19 January 1945 - Awarded first Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
01 March 1945 Awarded 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal
07 March 1945 Awarded 3rd Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal
21 March 1945 Awarded 4th Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal
11 April 1945 Awarded 5th Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal
11 April 1945 Awarded 6th Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal
11 June 1945 Awarded 7th Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal
22 June1945 Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
07 July 1945 Awarded Swedish Gold Medal of Vasa
Awards
Memories 'After Lt. Sharp’s Tour of Duty was completed on April 9, 1945, he received orders for Detached Service. On April 15, 1945, he and 13 other pilots delivered 14 P-51 Mustangs to the Swedish government in Stockholm. Arriving in Stockholm, the planes
flew down the Vasterbron River performing an “aerial circus”, before landing at Bromma Airport, including flying under the bridges much to the delight of the residents of the city. The delivery coincided with a memorial service for President Roosevelt attended by several members of the royal family. Several of the American pilots participated in the memorial service including Lt. Sharp. The pilots were subsequently awarded the Gold Medal of Vasa by order of the King of Sweden.' (C. Olshavsky)
Additional Photographs Ray Sharp (C. Olshavsky)

P-39 "My Jane" 44-632877 flown by Lt. Sharp (C. Olshavsky)

L-R Lt. Sharp, Lt. Schneider and Lt. Schonenberg (C. Olshavsky) (all three were good friends, having gone through cadet school together, graduated together, joined the same squadron and finished their tours weeks apart.  They were also all from New York.)

L-R Lt. Sharp and Lt. Schneider (C. Olshavsky)

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