Benjamin H Burma

Military

10-Jul-1942 Assigned as Co-Pilot of B-17F #41-24619 [GN-S] "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. It appears from available records that he was re-assigned to B-17F #42-2966 at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine on or about 5-Oct-42. 25-Oct-42 he arrived at Molesworth, UK on B-17F #42-2966.

Removed from flying status 21-Dec-42 because of a throat infection.

Mission participation (See Biography events UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

Connections

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Units served with

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Kali
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Susfu
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
A bomber crew of the 303rd Bomb Group, with their B-17 Flying Fortress (GN-V, serial number 42-2966), after a raid on Germany. From left to right they are: Sergeant Ward W. Kirkpatrick (Kalispel, Montana); Technical Sergeant Lucian W. Means, (Luguna Beach, California); First Lieutenant Milton K. Conver (Cincinnatti, Ohio); Second Lieutenant John W Dillenger (Avoca, Iowa), Co-Pilot; Captain B.B. Southworth (Columbus, Ohio), Pilot; Sergeant Jack Belk (Temple, Texas); Sergeant William Fleming (Burdine, Kentu
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: No 11 Combat Crew Replacement Center No 1 Combat Crew Replacement Center 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Assigned to Aircraft

Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 10 July 1942 Asssigned as Co-Pilot with crew of B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar", 303BG/427BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Other

Change in Aircraft Assignment

Bangor, ME, USA 5 October 1942 Re-assigned to B-17F 42-2966, 303BG/427BS as Co-Pilot at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine.

Other

Arrived in UK

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 22 October 1942 Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Co-Pilot of B-17F 42966, 303BG/427BS.

Other

Mission #1, 2LT Benjamin H. Burma, w/B-17F 42-2966, 303BG/427BS - Aborted

Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942 Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 42-2966, 303BG/427BG on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #2, 2LT Benjamin H. Burma, w/B-17F 42-2966, 303BG/427BS - Aborted

Saint-Nazaire, France 18 November 1942 Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 42-2966, 303BG/427BG on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #3, 2LT Benjamin H. Burma, w/B-17F 41-24584, 303BG/427BS

Lorient, France 22 November 1942 Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 41-24584 "Susfu", 303BG/427BG on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #4, 2LT Benjamin H. Burma, w/B-17F 41-24517, 303BG/427BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942 Served as Co-Pilot of B-17 41-24517 "Kali", 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #5, 2LT Benjamin H. Burma, w/B-17F 42-2966, 303BG/427BS - Aborted

Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942 Served as Co-Pilot of B-17F 42-2966, 303BG/427BG on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Other

Removed form flying status

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 21 December 1942 Removed from flying staus because of a throat infection.

Revisions

Date17 Mar 2020 20:06:18
Contributorjmoore43
ChangesChanges to biography
Sources

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

Date19 Dec 2015 21:00:51
ContributorLee8thbuff
ChangesChanges to events
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Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added Removed form flying status event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Harry A. Robey crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-robey.html

Date19 Dec 2015 20:57:32
ContributorLee8thbuff
ChangesChanges to events
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Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date19 Dec 2015 20:52:12
ContributorLee8thbuff
ChangesChanges to events
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Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/004.pdf

Date19 Dec 2015 20:49:01
ContributorLee8thbuff
ChangesChanges to events
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Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date19 Dec 2015 20:42:23
ContributorLee8thbuff
ChangesChanges to events
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Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 17-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/001.pdf

Date19 Dec 2015 20:39:29
ContributorLee8thbuff
ChangesChanges to events
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Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Harry A. Robey crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-robey.html

Date19 Dec 2015 20:37:29
ContributorLee8thbuff
ChangesChanges to events
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Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added Change in Aircraft Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Harry A. Robey crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-robey.html

Date19 Dec 2015 20:35:32
ContributorLee8thbuff
ChangesChanges to events
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Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Harry A. Robey crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-robey.html

Date19 Dec 2015 20:33:34
ContributorLee8thbuff
ChangesChanges to biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 19-Dec-2015. Added biography information from 10-Jul-42 through 25-Oct-42 to Summary Biography per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Harry A. Robey crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-427-robey.html; made connections to Aircraft and Missions per 303BG website Mission Reports: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date27 Sep 2014 18:04:24
ContributorAAM
ChangesAAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster