Raymond Kenneth Pickell was born on 2 February 1923 in Loudon County, Tennessee. He was the son of Robert Rutherford Pickel and Bertie Belle Maness.

S/Sgt Pickel was Left Waist Gunner on B-17 serial number 42-97787, which crashed into the North Sea.

Crew members
Pilot 1st Lt Joe R. Worthley
Co-Pilot2nd Lt Alfred B. Clumpner
Bombardier 1st Lt Austin J. Mack
Navigator 1st Lt Carroll Binder Jr.
Radio Operator/Gunner S/Sgt Erwin C. Zimmer
Left Waist Gunner S/Sgt Kenneth R. Pickell
Right Waist Gunner S/Sgt Leslie H. Schweinebraten
Top Turret Gunner Sgt James S. Baker
Ball Turret Gunner Sgt John W. Goetz
Tail Gunner Sgt Elmer E. Simpson

Sgt Simpson was the only survivor.

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 2 February 1923
  • Date of death: 24 May 1944
  • County: Loudon
  • Hometown: Lenoir City
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 358th Bomber Squadron, 303rd Bomber Group, Heavy
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XV, Top Panel
  • Sponsored by: Barbara Luttrell

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