2/Lt. Raymond L. Mull
2/Lt. Raymond L. Mull
343rd FS - 02 August 1944 - 09 September 1944 (Prisoner of War)
P-51D 44-11158 CY-M
|Notes||Born in Benton Harbor, Michigan, 10 February 1923.
ASN - O-823120
Had 20 hours of flight training on the P-51 before joining the 55th FG.
02 August 1944 - Joined the 343rd Fighter Squadron
09 September 1944 - Prisoner of War
MACR No. 08557
Hit by anti-aircraft battery and bailed out in Holland.
Imprisoned in Stalag Luft I and was liberated by the Russian army.
Passed away in Benton Harbor, Michigan on 22 August 2014
|Memories||Raymond L. Mull
February 10, 1923 - August 22, 2014
Raymond L. Mull, 91, of Benton Harbor died Friday, August 22, 2014 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
Ray was born on Feb 10, 1923 in Benton Harbor to Raymond A. and Lotta Mull. He was a P51 fighter pilot in the Army during WWII. He was shot down on a mission and remained a POW for 8 months. After the war he joined the Reserves in the US Air Force. After 30 years in the Air Force Reserves he retired as a Lt. Colonial. Ray owned the Mull Tool and Engineering Co in Benton Harbor for over 30 years before retiring. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association Local 585. Ray built his own experimental airplane called the “Fly Baby” which he did get licensed by the FAA. He also worked on rebuilding WW II vintage planes. He was also a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Amvets. He liked camping, fishing and working with children.
He is survived by his sister, Mary Louise Balderstone of IL; his nieces and nephews, Kathleen (Richard) Wood of Lawrence, Gail (Richard) Najarian of Suffolk, VA, Bradley Mull of Pineville, LA, Bruce (Hayat) Mull of Jordan, Loren (Lisa) Balderstone of IL, and Linda (Mike Hoffman) Balderstone of IL; his great nieces and nephews, his great great nieces and nephews, and his great great great nephew and niece. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Stanley; his sister, Virginia and his nephew, James
Painting by Terry White, depicting the moments before Lt Mull bailed out
of his P-51. (Terry White)
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