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Benny Cala

Military

Killed when bombs exploded after 2 B-24s collided in mid-air and crashed near Halesworth on 29 Mar 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

Units served with

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Group
    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 62nd Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-110033 Arizona Rambler

    B-24 Liberator
    29 March 1944, two B24s collided over Henham, a few miles from Halesworth airfield. 9 Crew of the 41-110033 died, and 7 of the 41-28590. During the rescue operations the bomb load of one of the Liberators exploded, killing 6 men from Halesworth.

  • 41-28590

    B-24 Liberator
    29 March 1944, two B24s collided over Henham, a few miles from Halesworth airfield. 9 Crew of the 41-110033 died, and 7 of the 41-28590. During the rescue operations the bomb load of one of the Liberators exploded, killing 6 men from Halesworth

Associated Place

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...

Events

Event Location Date
Died 29 March 1944

Killed, when on 29 March 1944, two B24s collided over Henham, a few miles from Halesworth airfield. 9 Crew of the 41-110033 died, and 7 of the 41-28590. During the rescue operations the bomb load of one of the Liberators exploded, killing 6 men from Halesworth.

Buried New Jersey

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 16:45:01 usxpat Changes to events, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.56thfightergroup.co.uk/history.htm
http://eastangliamemorials.blogspot.co.uk/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces

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