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Robert I Benedict

Military

Shot down 6 September 1942 in B-17 #41-9026 'Baby Doll' while serving as Co-Pilot. Crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

Units served with

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 10

    6 September 1942
    15BS despatches 12 DB-7 A-20 Boston IIIs to attack the German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France; 92BG & 97BG together despatach 51 B-17s to bomb the Avion Portez aircraft factory ar Meaulte, France; 301BG despatches 13 B-17s to attack German...

Associated Place

  • Bovingdon

    Military site : airfield
    Bovingdon, in Hertfordshire (often confused with Bovington, Dorset), was built in 1941-42 as a bomber station but was never developed into a fully-fledged heavy bomber airfield as it did not have the required 2,000 yard runway. ...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Newport, Kentucky 1 February 1921
Killed in Action (KIA) English Channel 6 September 1942

Killed as a result of attacks by German fighters. His remains were never recovered.

Buried Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2020 00:17:03 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2020 00:13:56 jmoore43 Changes to events
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Changed the event tpe to Buried from Enlsted.

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2016 00:46:47 466thHistorian Changes to media associations
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Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2014 18:31:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 15-Nov-2014. Added events; minor edit to summary biography to add crew position.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:34 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 16489 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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