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Howard Benjamin Walsh

Military

Ben Walsh served as pilot with the 564th Bomb Squadron of the 389th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Hethel, England.

On 19 July 1943, while on TDY to the 9th Air Force, his B-24 42-40665 'Ten High' was attacked by fighters and he and his crew bailed out near Malta. After the Ploesti raid on 1 August 1943, he took over as the pilot of The Little Gramper from Jack Dieterle.

Distinguished Flying Cross (OLC), Air Medal (3 OLC), Purple Heart

Service

People

  • Jack Dieterle

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group
    After completing his training as a bomber pilot at Biggs Field in Texas, his squadron, the 566ᵀᴴ BS of the 389ᵀᴴ BG, was established at Hethel Field in Norwich early in 1943. ...

  • Russell Hayes

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 389th Bomb Group
    He was the waist gunner on Jack Dieterle's ship, B-24 42-40722 "The Little Gramper", during the great raid on the Ploesti oil refineries in Romania on Black Sunday, 1 August 1943. The plane returned with its crew intact but with some damage to one of...

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-40722 The Little Gramper

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator 42-40723 'The Little Gramper' 566th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Lt Jack W Dieterle, returning safely to Libya. Transferred to the 491st Bomb Group 15 May 44. Noted as War Weary repainted...

  • 42-40665 Ten High

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 42-40665 (389th BG, 564th BS, *Ten High*) damaged by Lt. Wilhelm Kientsch in Bf109G-6 of JG 27/6. and ditched near Malta July 19, 1943. 4 injured, 6 OK.

Associated Place

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

  • Berca

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hampton, Iowa 25 September 1919
Died Santa Barbara, California 7 February 2010

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2019 23:55:11 466thHistorian Changes to service number, biography and events
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https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2345/40014_1821100517_0658-00430?pi...

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2019 22:15:48 Dieterle Changes to place associations
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Richard Dieterle.

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2019 14:52:39 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations
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Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- 14th Combat Bombardment Wing (H) by William B. Taylor

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2019 14:46:45 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
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Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- 389th BG Roster ;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2019 06:27:38 Dieterle Changes to media associations
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UPL 37100

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2019 05:52:35 Dieterle Changes to biography, person associations and aircraft associations
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Al Kopp, "389th Reunion," SECOND AIR DIVISION ASSOCIATION News Letter, Vol. 11, #2 (April, 1973): 4 — "Col. Howard "Ben" Walsh, pilot of "the original Little Gramper" has been located in Santa Barbara. (Thanks to Russell Hayes, Waterloo, Iowa). Also, Col. Jim Steiger, pilot of the "Little Gramper, Jr." has sent a big howdy too! Both men and planes are famous in 389th circles! Hope to see you both in tight formation at the reunion. "

Date Contributor Update
15 October 2014 05:54:21 caddetou Changes to middlename, firstname, nickname, highest rank, awards and place associations
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Edited by daughter, Oct 14, 2014

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:46 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop & Hey pp. 185 & Page 436 in the book 2ND AIR DIVISIONby Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition (D790.A2S45)

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