Ray Foley Fletcher was born on May 5, 1917 in Vermont. He attended Westborough Schools and was a graduate of Boston University on June 2, 1941. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force, 380th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 310th Bombardment Group (Medium), 57th Bombardment Wing, 12th Air Force, Mediterranean Theater of Operations.
1Lt Fletcher died May 10, 1944, while piloting a B-25C Mitchell medium bomber on a courier mission from Ajaccio, Corsica, to Ghisonaccia, Corsica. His aircraft encountered heavy storms and crashed on Mount Cagna, near Giannuccio. The rugged terrain prevented U.S. Army Air Force personnel from reaching the crash site at the time, and 1st Lt Fletcher was listed as "Killed in Action - Not Recoverable".
A team of native Corsicans who worked with the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, recovered 1st Lt Fletcher. 1LT Fletcher's remains were recovered in 1989 and identified in September 2005. His remains are interred at Arlington National Cemetery. His name is permanently inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial. He also has a cenotaph located in Mountain View Cemetery, Essex Center, Chittenden County, Vermont.
Source of information: www.findagrave.com, www.abmc.gov