Died non Battle 28 February 1943
The Standard Examiner, Tuesday 2 March 1943
Avon Park, Fla., March 2 – The Avon Park bomber base has announced that the following 11 fliers were killed when two medium bombers collided and crashed Sunday.
1st Lt Frank L. Wassel Jr., Westport, Conn.
1st Lt Ramon G. Buela, Union City, N.J.
2nd Lt Robert J. Brude, Park Ridge, Ill.
2nd Lt Arthur B. Kuntz, Harvey, N.D.
2nd Lt Dane Hansen, Salt Lake City
Flight Officer Harry G. Smith, Bateville, Ind.
Staff Sgt Ray Dykes Jr., New River, Tenn.
Staff Sgt Rex E. Lee, Sparta Mo.
Sgt Richard P. Sofinski, Buffalo, N.Y.
Sgt Eldon H. Kinn, Brill, Wis.
Sgt Elroy G. Gainer, Cleveland, Ohio
Sgt Dykes is buried at Reed Cemetery, New River, Scott County, Tennessee