Summary

Birth:
22 Jan 1973 1
Pinson, AL 2
Death:
31 Mar 2005 1
Albania 3
Branch:
United States Air Force 4
Rank:
First Lieutenant 4
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Full Name:
Ray Charles Owens, Jr. 5
Full Name:
Ray C Owens 1
Birth:
22 Jan 1973 1
Pinson, AL 2
Male 2
Death:
31 Mar 2005 1
Albania 3
Cause: Non-Hostile Casualty, Killed; Air Loss - Land Crash (Accidental) 3
Burial:
Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery, VA 5
Residence:
Place: Birmingham, AL 3
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Birth:
Father: Ray Charles Owens, Sr. 2
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Branch:
United States Air Force 4
Rank:
First Lieutenant 4
Age at Loss:
39 years old 5
Aircraft:
MC-103H Combat Talon II #87-0127 "Wrath 11" 6
Aircraft Position:
Electronics Warfare Officer 6
Base:
RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, Engaln 6
Casualty Date:
31 Mar 2005 5
Conflicts:
Kosovo 4
Decorations:
Meritorious Service Medal 5
Group:
352nd Special Operations Group 6
Squad:
7th Special Operations Squadron 6
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Social Security:
Card Issued: Unknown Code (FO) 1

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Final Mission

Tirana, Albania

Crashed into the Drizez Mountains during a night triaing mission as part of a joint military exercise with the Albanian military.  The crew flew low and close to the mountain ridges to practice terrain-masking maneuvers, but were unable to climb out of the narrow valley.

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