New England Air Museum
Raymond C. French


Recent Address:

4535 Keene Road, Richland, WA 99352



Family Information:

Wife: Miriam; Parents: Raymond and Grace; Sons: Robin, Raymond, Tom


Scranton, PA

Date Entered Service:

May 31, 1939

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Military Specialty(ies):

Squadron Ordnance Officer

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Date Discharged from the 58th:

January, 23, 1946

Post-WWII Military Service:

Captain in the Air Force Reserves

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

After the war was over, Ray finished his schooling at Colorado A and M in Fort Collins, CO., graduating in 1948 with a degree in Soils and Agronomy. On Oct. 16, 1949 he married Miriam Dougherty, whom he met at Wesley Foundation in Jan. 1946. After several Soil Scientist jobs he felt called to teach Agriculture and went to Cornell University to get his Masters Degree. He taught for several years and then felt called to move to the Northwest. He was hired as Benton County Extension Agent and moved his family to Kennewick, WA on one of the hottest days in July 1955. In 1959 he bought 160 acres of sagebrush on Keene Road. In 1960 he planted 20 acres of cherries. After leaving the Extension Service, Ray had several Ag related jobs while waiting for the orchard to come into full production. He also taught at CBC many years

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Taught calibration of Norden bombsight.


Raymond loved to sing, and performed in several choirs. Besides farming, he also loved gardening, trips to the ocean, hunting, fishing, camping, bowling and Bible Study. Retired as an orchardist in Washington State.

Raymond passed away July 5, 2009.


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