43-37767 Star Eyes, My Ideal

Delivered Cheyenne 19/5/44; Patterson 26/6/44; Kearney 26/6/44; Grenier 6/7/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-H] Snetterton 8/7/44; Missing in Action Brunswick 2/3/45 with Benton Gatch, Co-pilot: John Kennedy, Navigator: Emmett Brown, Bombardier: John Ozier, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Roy Gearhart, Radio Operator: Loyal Bright, Ball turret gunner: Bob Bashaw, Waist gunner: Ken Bonsecours, Tail gunner: Bill Gorsuch (9 Killed in Action); mid air coll with #44-8697 (96BG); ditched North Sea, 10 miles S of Southwold, Sfk; Missing Air Crew Report 12848 (6?). MY IDEAL.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 96th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 339th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: B17 Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 339th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 339th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 339th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

Places

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 96th Bomb Group 413th Bomb Squadron

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

France 1945-03-02

Revisions

Date21 Jan 2020 21:25:07
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a unit connection to the 8th AF.

Date19 Jan 2020 22:43:31
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a space in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date5 Dec 2019 05:03:21
ContributorJohnnyMac
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Dave Osborn's Fort Log - and my father flew on it.

Date17 Sep 2019 17:19:49
Contributorkcrichton23
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granddaughter of Clark H Benington

Date17 Sep 2019 17:17:12
Contributorkcrichton23
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granddaughter of Clark H Benington

Date17 Sep 2019 17:14:59
Contributorkcrichton23
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Clark H Benington -- 339th Bombardment Squadron Loading List, 26 Aug 1944

Date27 Sep 2014 18:41:23
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 12848 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database