GERMAN COMBAT PLANES
Raymond David " Ray " Wagner ( February 29th, 1924 - September 24th, 2012 ) was born in Philadelphia ( Pennsylvania, United States ).
He earned his Bachelor's degree in 1953 and his Master's in 1955, both from the University of Pennsylvania ( Philadelphia ) and soon after graduation headed to San Diego ( California, United States ) to teach at Crawford High School ( opened in 1957 ).
A devout reader and collector of aviation memorabilia, " Ray " Wagner retired from school teaching and worked as the archivist at the San Diego Air & Space Museum ( 1985 - 2001 ). In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the International Aerospace Hall of Fame, he was one of the founders of the American Aviation Historical Society, serving on its Board as Vice - President ( 1971 - 1976 ).
" Ray " Wagner was a passionate researcher and articulate writer of aviation reference books, such as : American combat planes ( 1960 ), B - 36 in Action ( 1980 ), The Story of the PBY Catalina Flying Boat ( 1987 ), Mustang designer ( 1990 ), American Combat Planes of the 20th Century : A Comprehensive Reference ( 2004 ).
" Ray " Wagner wrote numerous articles and monographs on military aviation history. His most recent project, a history of the Chinese Air Force between 1923 and 1942, was unfinished prior to his death. He was also working on a manuscript entitled Decade of Decision ( 1931 - 1942 ) which describes philosophically, the interaction between aviation technology and the social - economic environment.
( sources : sandiegoairandspace.org, www.legacy.com, Internet )