Name:  Raby, John
Date of birth: November 1st, 1907 (Palo Alto/California, United States)
Nationality:  American
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Unit: Fighting Squadron 9 (VF-9), U.S.S. Ranger (CV-4)
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"For extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane and Commanding Officer of Fighting Squadron Nine (VF-9), attached to the U.S.S. Ranger (CV-4), during the occupation of French Morocco, from 8 to 11 November 1942. Leading a flight of eight planes into combat against sixteen hostile fighters, Lieutenant Commander Raby persistently striking at the foe until he himself shot down two planes, contributed materially to the aggressive fighting spirit which enabled his command to destroy a total of five enemy aircraft and probably two more. On previous and subsequent raids, pressed home under relentless fire, he led his squadron in effective bombing and strafing attacks against hostile airdromes, shore batteries, machine-gun nests, and flying and grounded aircraft. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
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