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Benjamin F Roberts

Military

Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423436. Prisoner of War (POW).

Benjamin F. Roberts was a Sergeant in the Army during World War II. Benjamin resided in Genesee County, Michigan before enlisting on November 10, 1942. At the time of enlistment, Benjamin was 19 years old, had 4 years of high school education and was single, without dependents.

Roberts stated that he saw Henlin and Wells dead near the ball turret when he inspected the tail part on the ground after the crash landing of the tail part (MACR 1034).
Mr Roberts now lives in Decatur Alabama.

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Service

Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3436 No nick name known

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/6/43; Redmond 15/8/43; Assigned 96BG 16/8/43; transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-R] Chelveston 18/9/43; ...

  • 42-38013 "NEVADA AVENGER"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; New Castle 10/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-C] Grafton Underwood 21/1/44; sal battle damaged 27/4/44. NEVADA AVENGER. ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 109 with RAF

    4 October 1943
    3 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatched to join a night mission with the Royal Air Force (RAF) on Frankfurt-am-Main/Wiesbaden, Germany. One aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 5KIA 5POW.

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Flint, Michigan, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Oostenrijk 14 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2018 15:02:22 wimhm.slangen Changes to biography
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Wim Slangen

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2016 13:46:09 wimhm.slangen Changes to mission associations
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Wim Slangen

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2016 13:01:05 wimhm.slangen Changes to biography and media associations
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Wim Slangen

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2016 12:58:44 wimhm.slangen Changes to biography
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Wim Slangen

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1034 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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