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Benjamin O Byers

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Benjamin Byers was the Copilot on B-24D #42-41004 “The Urgin' Virgin”, which was lost, shot down over the North Sea on 13 November 1943, after a mission to Bremen, Germany. All 11 men onboard were missing in action - MIA. Later, listed as Killed In Action - KIA. There is no trace of his enlistment in the NARA's WWII Enlistment records. Benjamin Byers joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) before America's entry into the conflict and was a member of the "Eagle Squadrons". His name is listed at : http/immigrantsofwar.blogspot.com/2010/10/dick-spingler-interview-part-2.html?m=0

Service

People

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    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    In the Army Corps since December 1941, Richard Duer served a year in Panama and South America on bomber patrol duty. He was subsequently sent back to the States for training as a flight engineer on a B-24 Liberator bomber and was then sent overseas in...

  • Frederick Grenwis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Frederick Grenwis was Bombardier on B-24D #42-41004 “The Urgin' Virgin” which was lost in the North Sea on 13 November 1943 mission to Bremen, Germany, with all 11 men onboard still missing. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • James Haggerty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    James Haggerty was Ball Turret Gunner on B-24D #42-41004 “The Urgin' Virgin” which was lost in the North Sea on 13 November 1943 mission to Bremen, Germany, with all 11 men onboard still missing. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Jack Lang

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    2 December 1942 while transporting navigators to a school in Oxfordshire, main landing gear retracted upon landing at the RAF station of Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire. All crewmembers, including Pilot Leon C. Packer, survived on B-24 #41-23674. ...

  • Albert Oser

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Albert Oser took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on the Ploesti oil fields, Rumania, on 1 August 1943, flying on B-24 Liberator "First Sergeant"/"Thar She Blows" #42-40127. ...

  • Franklin Parsonage

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Franklin Parsonage was Navigator on B-24D #42-41004 “The Urgin' Virgin” which was lost in the North Sea on 13 November 1943 mission to Bremen, Germany, with all 11 men onboard still missing. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Floyd Ramsey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    2nd Lt. Floyd F. Ramsey was the command pilot of the B-24D #42-41004 “The Urgin' Virgin”, when it was shot down and lost in the North Sea, after a mission to Bremen, Germany. Lt. Ramsey with all 11 men onboard were missing in action (MIA). - Killed In...

  • Irven Slate

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Cameraman | 25th Bomb Group
    Irven Slate was photographer on B-24D #42-41004 “The Urgin' Virgin” which was lost in the North Sea on 13 November 1943 mission to Bremen, Germany, with all 11 men onboard still missing. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Gerard Sullivan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Gerard Sullivan took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on the Ploesti oil fields, Rumania, on 1 August 1943, serving as Waist Gunner on B-24 Liberator #41-23810 "Tarfu". ...

  • Merle Wolf

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Merle Wolf was Top Turret Gunner on B-24D #42-41004 “The Urgin' Virgin” which was lost in the North Sea on 13 November 1943 mission to Bremen, Germany, with all 11 men onboard still missing. Killed In Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-41004 'The Urgin' Virgin'

    B-24 Liberator
    - On November 13, 1943, the B-24D,'The Urgin Virgin' from the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 329th Bombing Squadron, #42-41004, flown by Command Pilot 2nd Lt. Floyd Ramsey with Copilot Lt. Benjamin Byers, had taken off from Hardwick,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 130

    13 November 1943
    The port area of Bremen, Germany is the focus of this mission composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 154 B0-17 of 1st Bomb Division including 94BG (16); 385BG (17); 95BG (21); 100BG (18); 390BG (21); 96BG (40); and 388BG ...

Associated Place

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Events

Event Location Date
Born

Illinois

Killed In Action (KIA) 13 November 1943

in the ditching in the North Sea of B-24D #42-41004

Lived in

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois

Buried Cambridge American Cemetery

Benjamin Byers is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2021 21:01:51 Kickapoo Changes to role
Sources

B-24 - Best Web ---- Immigrants of War Blogspot.com

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2021 20:59:47 Kickapoo Changes to nickname, biography and unit associations
Sources

B-24 - Best Web ---- Immigrants of War Blogspot.com

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2020 10:52:14 ED-BB Changes to events
Sources

Added residence

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2020 10:48:06 ED-BB Changes to biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2182
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2020 09:46:41 ED-BB Changes to biography
Sources

Added a “ ’ ” at Urgin in the Summary biography – Source : Wallace R. Forman's "B-24 Nose Art Name Directory"

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2020 04:07:28 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC; MACR 2182 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2182 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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