One of the highlights of today’s program at our immigration conference will be the premiere showing of a film produced by our museum titled, Fearless. It is a video highlighting the life of a famous World War II fighter pilot, Ray Littge, who was born and raised in Altenburg. This video will be available in our gift shop in the near future. We are re-posting a story published on this blog in 2017 which details Ray Littge’s life story.
Today is the birthday of East Perry County’s most decorated World War II soldier, Captain Raymond Littge. He was a fighter pilot who was credited with destroying 23.5 enemy planes. He was born on October 18, 1923 in Altenburg, Missouri. He was the son of Henry and Martha (Ahner) Littge. Fairly recently, Raymond’s only sister, Altheda, died at the age of 107, and a story was written about the Littge family titled, She Survived All Those Brothers. This photo, which was part of that article, shows the Littge siblings.
The children are standing in order of age, with Altheda being the oldest, on the left. Raymond was the second youngest.
Raymond attended Altenburg High School for two years, and then Perryville High School for two years. He graduated in May of 1942. One month after graduating, he enlisted in the military as part of the Army Air Corps. Raymond’s…
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