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Lawrence Banfield




  • John Beyer

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group

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  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

  • 391st Bomb Squadron

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  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.


Event Location Date
Born Sullivan County, Indiana 17 April 1923
Enlisted Peoria, Illinois 3 January 1942
Based Cluntoe 26 May 1944

Assigned with his crew to the 2nd Training and Replacement Squadron for combat crew training.

Based Mendlesham June 1944
Died Milan, Illinois 15 January 2010

Lawrence "Rick" Banfield, 86, of Milan, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at his home.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 201 E. 4th Ave., Milan. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where military rites will be conducted by the Milan American Legion Post No. 569/200 and the Rock Island VFW Post No. 1303. Memorials may be made to the family.

Lawrence was born on April 17, 1923, in Sullivan County, Ind., the son of Arch and Gertrude Banfield. He married Lillian Cox in 1947; she died in 1973. Later, he married Dorothy Batt in 1974; she passed away in 2006.

Mr. Banfield worked as a dock foreman for Doran Transfer Co. retiring in 1981. He had also worked in the maintenance department at Augustana College. Rick was a World War II Army Air Force veteran. He served as an engineer and waist gunner on the B-24 Liberator and on the B-17 Flying Fortress. Mr. Banfield flew missions over occupied Europe and into Germany.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Louis Priester, St. Louis; two grandsons and a granddaughter; one great-grandson and one great-granddaughter; sisters, Clarabelle Fogle, Moline, Avey Boss, East Moline; a brother, Frank Banfield. Rick was preceded in death by his parents; one sister; five brothers.
(Rock Island Argus, Jan. 22, 2010)

Buried Rock Island National Cemetery, Illinois 18 January 2010

Rock Island National Cemetery
Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA Add to Map
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Date Contributor Update
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1996 34th BG Roster / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia