668th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

1st Lt. Wayne E. Downing

Pilot, 2911th, 668th and 670th B.S.

Photo and Document Collection

670th BS Patch

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Unless otherwise noted, these images are from the Public Domain or were
provided to the 416th Bomb Group Archive by Wayne E. Downing, his family or friends.
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2911th Bomb Squadron, Keevil Airfield near Trowbridge England
V-Mail letter to Wayne's mother
Lt. Wayne Downing, 1943
Lt. Wayne Downing on A-20B
Lt. Wayne Downing, 2nd from Right
L-R: Lt. Wayne Downing, unknown, Lt. Harry Hewes, Lt. Hillary Cole on A-20B
 
 
 
 
 
 



416th Bomb Group
Wayne Downing (standing), Joe Meagher (sitting)
Lucian James Siracusa (left), Richard L. Shaefer (leaning out of window), unknown (window, above Shaefer), Joe Meagher (sitting), Robert D. Lesher, Wethersfield, England.
 
Wayne, 1944
German POW Sketch of Wayne Downing
 
Wayne in France, 1944
Wayne at Melun, France
L-R: F/O Thurman Goss, Antonio Gomez (laying on wing), Wayne Downing on A-26
Wayne Downing Request for transfer to 79th Fighter Wing, Page 1
Wayne Downing Request for transfer to 79th Fighter Wing, Page 2
Wayne at Laon, France
Wayne E. Downing, Dory E. Neal, Laon, France
Wayne E. Downing, Robert D. Lesher, Laon, France
Wayne's Pilot Aircraft Qualifications
Description of forced landing on 5 March 1945
3rd Silver Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal award orders, April 26, 1945
Kenn Rust "The 9th Air Force in World War II" book extract, page 89, describing Waynes' June 29, 1944 mission.
Wayne Downing Distinguished Flying Cross decoration orders, May 18, 1945
Wayne Downing Distinguished Flying Cross decoration description



Wayne's Combat Missions
Missions 26-Mar-1944 to 15-May-1944
Missions 20-May-1944 to 20-Jun-1944
Missions 20-Jun-1944 to 6-Jul-1944
Missions 26-Mar-1944 to 12-Sep-1944
Missions 14-Sep-1944 to 17-Oct-1944, plus 27-Oct-1943 2911th Bomb Squadron mission
Missions 23-Dec-1944 to 1-May-1945 (670th B.S.)
 
 
 
 



Wayne and Norma
 
England, 1943
 
 
England, 1944
England, 1944
 
 
 
 



Lt. Norma M. Raley, Army Nurse Corps
Lt. Norma M. (Raley) Downing, Army Nurse Corps Military ID, Issued June 1, 1943
Lt. Norma M. Raley
Lt. Norma M. Raley, A.N.C.
Lt. Norma M. Raley, A.N.C.
 
 
Newspaper clipping
 
 
 
Norma at 298th General Hospital Headquarters
Nurses of the U.S. Army 298th General Hospital, Bristol, England



Wayne and Norma Marriage, 20 October 1944, Cherbourg, France
2nd Lt. Norma M. Raley letter of intent to marry 1st Lt. Wayne E. Downing, 29 June 1944
1st Lt. Wayne E. Downing letter of intent to marry 2nd Lt. Norma M. Raley, 4 July 1944
Application and Approvals for permission to marry, 4 July 1944 thru 27 July 1944, page 1
Application and Approvals for permission to marry, 4 July 1944 thru 27 July 1944, page 2
Wedding photo
Wedding photo
Wedding photo
Newspaper article on Wayne and Norma's marriage



Post WWII
Wayne with his new daughter Nancy
 
 
 
 
 
 
Norma and Wayne
Norma's 59th Birthday
Wayne and Daughter Nancy
 
Norma and Granddaughter Sara
Nancy, Sara, Wayne, Norma
 
Wayne Downing biography
Letter to Dick Shaefer
Gustave "Gus" Ebenstein and Wayne E. Downing, 2005
Wayne and Granddaughter Sara
Wayne and Sara
Wayne, Sara, Norma
 
 
 
 
Wayne and Sara
Norma, Halloween, 2009
Norma and Sara
Wayne at 416th Archive in Gainesville, MO
Wayne visiting the 416th BG Archive at Gainesville, MO, 2011
Wayne and Granddaughter Sara, Valentine Day, 2013
2014 416th Bomb Group Reunion, Indianapolis, IN, September 4-6, 2014
Front row L-R - Bob Kehres, Wayne Downing, Ralph Conte, Dave Andrews
Back row L-R - Joe Meagher, Bob Basnett, Roland Dullnig
 
 




See also:
Wayne Edward Downing, Post-War Obituary

A true American war hero
(PDF), originally published on-line Nov 19, 2009 Ventura County Star article by Wayne Bean.

Of War and Life: Army couple served during World War II
(PDF), originally published on-line Dec 19, 2009 Ventura County Star article by Jannette Jauregui.