Earl V Benham

Military

Object Number - UPL 50281 - JACK OGG CREW #13, 100th BG Front Row L-R: Jack Ogg-CP, Loren Van Steenis-P, Harold Becker-N, Lester Torbett-Bomb. Back Row L-R: Archie...

Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Van Steenis crew. Flew on B-17 "Hard Luck" and 'Hard Luck II', 28 x combat missions.
Earl later wrote up his wartime experience in the book 'With Crew 13'

Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

Official emblem of the 100th Bomb Group, approved 30 March 1944 and replaced 1957
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-682134
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 31167562
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 31082928
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12151842
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34382632
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Hard Luck II
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Hard Luck !
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Montevideo, MN 1915-07-27 Son of Don Gibson and Ida Louise [Lee] Benham.

Enlisted

Died

Sierra Vista, AZ 2007-11-19

Based

Thorpe Abbotts Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF.
Milan, MN

Enlisted

Other

Training

Harlingen, TX Gunnery - Harlingen, Texas

Other

Training

Scott Field, IL Radio - Scott Field, Illinois

Other

Training

Moses Lake, WA Operational - Moses Lake, Washington

Other

Aviation employment

San Diego, CA Consolidated aircraft - PBY riveter.

Revisions

Date29 Nov 2020 11:22:32
ContributorHelen
Sources

Century Bulletin

Date26 Nov 2014 15:17:00
ContributorEmily
Sources

James R Skalicky, via American Air Museum Memory Book correspondence.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:08:00
ContributorAAM
Sources

100th Bomb Group Foundation Directory, 2000 - 2001 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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