In 1923, Raymond W. Loh was born to Frank and Mabel Loh of West New York, NJ. He was the younger brother of Frank. By 1930, the family was living in Teaneck. He attended Teaneck High School. While Raymond was in many clubs and teams during high school, his greatest feat was as the captain of the wrestling club, where he represented the school in the state meet and won the title. He graduated Teaneck High, class of ’40. Raymond went straight after graduation to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.
Unlike his father who fought in the Army in WWI, Raymond enlisted into the Air Force on October 19th, 1943. On June 8th, 1943 at Maxwell Field in Bainbridge, Georgia, Raymond started basic training. After basic Raymond joined the 36th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group. In the Southwest Pacific Raymond was the copilot of a C47. At first he was based at Mateeba, Australia before moving to Port Moseby, New Guinea, and later Noemfoor Island. He and his crew were making bombing attacks at extremely low altitudes, crippling enemy equipment and facilities, as well as doing other patrol and reconnaissance fights.
On December 24th, 1944, after takeoff from Finschhafen Airfield, New Guinea, Raymond and the rest of his crew were declared missing. The next day the report was changed to declare the whole crew and passengers as officially killed. They are included in the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery in Manila, Philippines. On July 13th, 1945, 1st Lt. Loh was posthumously awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf clusters for high participation in the Southwest Pacific mission from January 4th, 1944 to November 2nd, 1944 under hostile contact with the enemy.
High School Yearbook
- 1940 Yearbook, Page 39
- 1940 Yearbook, Page 74
- 1940 Yearbook, Page 75
- 1940 Yearbook, Page 94-95
- 1940 Yearbook, Page 119
- 1930 United States Federal Census
- 1940 United States Federal Census
- U. S. City Directories, 1821-1989 for Raymond Loh
- World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
- U. S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 for Frank Joseph Loh (father)
- U. S. City Directories, 1821-1989 for Frank J. Loh (father) - Hackensack, NJ. City Directory, 1928
- U. S. Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 for Frank J. Loh Jr. (father)
American Battle Monuments Commission
fold3.com (Historical Military Records)
Pacific Wrecks Website
Find A Grave Website