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Isaac D Benson


Killed in Action (KIA) 26-Feb-43 in B-17F #42-5056 'Devil's Playmate' 305BG/364BS while serving as Pilot. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into the North Sea between the Frisian Islands and Helgoland, Germany on a mission to Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Most of the crew were original members of the 305th.

Air Medal, Purple Heart


Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    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


  • 42-5056 Devil's Playmate

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-50-BO "Devil's Playmate" was delivered at Cheyenne, WY 9-Sep-42; Presque Isle, ME 19-Oct-4242; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-C/L] at Chelveston 30-Oct- 42; Missing in Action (MIA) Wilhelmshaven 26-Feb-43. Shot down by enemy aircraft, crashed into...


  • VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...


Event Location Date
Born Austin, Texas
Killed in Action (KIA) Helgoland, Germany 26 February 1943

Killed when aircraft was shot down by Greman fighters and crashed into the North Sea between the Frisian Island and Helgoland, Germany. His remains have never been recovered.

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

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery.


Date Contributor Update
29 February 2020 22:48:09 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2015 18:55:43 Lee8thbuff Changes to events

Lee Cunningham 21-Jun-2015. Corrected Commemorated event location per American Battle Monumnets Commission (ABMC) record.

Date Contributor Update
21 June 2015 18:43:03 Lee8thbuff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 21-Jun-2015. Added decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; Corrected rank designation per MACR 15120; Made connentions to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added loss details to KIA event and location and to Summary Biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Added model number and Unit designation in Biography.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:32 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15120 / MACR 15120, 305th BG, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 81, The Brotherhood of Heroes by Thom p. 65 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database