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John R Bennett

Military

Primary Flight training - King City AAF, California. Basic Flight training - Chico, California. Advanced Flight training - Luke Field, Arizona. Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 2 Tours of Duty (ETD).
134 combat missions.
Credited with 1 x kill, 2 x shared kills and 3 x damaged.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 487th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-75863

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 44-11556

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-13878

    P-51 Mustang

  • 43-6506

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major John R 'Muscles' Bennett. Transferred to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 42-8391

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Written of after a take off accident at Thurleigh.

  • 42-8421

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major John R Bennett. Hit by flak and ditched English Channel. 29-Jan-44. Capt George E Preddy Jr RTD.

Associated Place

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cuyahoga County, OH, USA 1918
Lived in Cleveland, OH, USA 1942
Enlisted Columbus, OH, USA 27 January 1942

Fort Hayes
Columbus

Based Bodney 17 August 1943 – 28 April 1945

Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 17 August 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Crashed Gosfield, UK 14 March 1944

Taxiing Accident Gosfield/Sta 154 Cat 3 damage Lt John R Bennett, 14-Mar-44.

P-47D 42-8391 - 487FS 352FG 8AF.

Promotion Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 23 March 1944

Promoted to Captain.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) (1) England, UK 14 May 1944

Completed Tour of Duty (ETD).

Promotion Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 28 January 1945

Promoted to Major.

Detached Service USA United States March 1945

Detached Service.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) (2) England, UK 28 April 1945

Completed Tour of Duty (ETD) (2)

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2016 10:41:13 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entries to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- unit history;
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2016 14:05:47 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84169459_john_r%20bennett/details/
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Bennett&Submit=Se...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Bennett%2C+John+R...
http://www.cieldegloire.com/014_bennett_j_r.php

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:34 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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