Wilson Witman Cain


Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid in B-24 42-40208 'Sad Sack' with William Banks crew. ETD

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.


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Units served with

Three airmen of the 389th Bomb Group stand with a B-24 Liberator used as a Flight Assembly Ship. Image via Tim Bivens. Handwritten caption from Bivens: 'My friend remembers it being named "Bucksheesh Benny" that it was used to fly Jack Benny around USA shows. Says it flew in North Africa with Benny and was eventually assigned to 389th as a hack and later as a form-up ship. He thinks it was originally with another group (possibly 376th or 98th).' Handwritten caption on reverse: '389th BG Form-up ship.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: The Sad Sack
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 344th Bomb Squadron


Event Location Date Description


Middletown, PA 19 April 1919 Son of Maurice W and Panzie Pearl [Hetrick] Cain.


Newport News, VA 13 November 1972


Hillsdale Cemetery, Middletown, Dauphin County, PA 17 November 1972 Hillsdale Cemetery Middletown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania



Benghazi, Libya Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.