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Reid M. Baron
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In the meantime, here is some info that might help.
I found a man who may be the one you want. Check the details to make sure this is the correct Raymond Swider (what I located stated he was a “Hump” pilot but did not mention the DFC).
Raymond Joseph Swider
Born 1 Sept 1918 in Chicago, IL
WWII Draft Registration 16 Oct 1940 in Downers Grove, Dupage, Illinois
Worked at the Akron Municipal Airport, Ohio
Died 1 Aug 1988 in Akron, Ohio
--U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 on Ancestry.com (requires subscription or can access with some library cards)
--Yearbook for 6th Ferrying Group, Long Beach Army Air Field California.
The book was published after 15 Mar 1944 (date on a letter included by Col. Andrew Cannon).
There is a photo of 2nd Lt Raymond J. Swider with the 28th Ferrying Squadron. There is no other identifying info about this Raymond, so not able to say for sure this is the correct man. It would give you a starting place to look.
--24 Nov 1970 Akron Beacon Journal article on Newspapers.com mentions Raymond Swider flew “The Hump” and gives other info but doesn’t list his unit. (Newspapers.com requires a paid subscription or you may be able to access it for free through some libraries.)
--U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 (Ancestry.com)
--Ohio, Death Records, 1908-1932, 1938-2018 (Ancestry.com) https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/5763/?name=raymond_swider&death=1988&count=50&death_x=0-0-0&name_x=1_1
--2 Aug 1988 Akron Beacon Journal obituary on Newspapers.com states he was a retired captain in the Air Force
--Some info about the 28th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, as the unit is now called.
Hopefully this is the correct Raymond and will help until NARA requests are able to be fulfilled.
Thank you so very much for this information.
God bless you,
Reid M. Baron