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Paul Bensel Crew
388th BG - 562nd BS

Standing Left to Right: Robert B. Leventhal (N), Paul P. Bensel (P), Phillip H. Pick (B), Glenn E. Kofoed (CP)

Kneeling Left to Right: Glinford E. Walls (LWG), Victor J. Stackniewicz (BTG), Leander A. Haschke (FE), Bonnie Skloss (WG), Kenneth R. Willis (R/O), James H. Cruchon (TG)

Lieutenant Paul Bensel and his crew of the 388th Bomb Group stand with a bomb, personally addressed to Hitler, and their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-5954) nicknamed "Mister Yank II" before the Regensburg Raid, August 1943. A B-17 nicknamed "Homesick Angel" is visible in the background.

IWM catalogue record

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Lieutenant Paul Bensel and his crew of the 388th Bomb Group stand with a bomb, personally addressed to Hitler, and their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-5954) nicknamed "Mister Yank II" before the Regensburg Raid, August 1943. A B-17 nicknamed "Homesick Angel" is visible in the background.

Connections

Units

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Paul Bensel

    Military | Captain | Pilot

  • James Cruchon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner

  • Leander Haschke

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer

  • Glenn Kofoed

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot
    Shot down by flak enroute to the Marshalling Yards at Frankfurt and again on the return on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F 42-3500. Most of crew baled out, pilot was wounded so LtCol Alford, the H2X operator, made a forced landing near Winterswijk, Holland....

  • Robert Leventhal

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Killed in Action (KIA) 16 September 1943 AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Philip Pick

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • Bonnie Skloss

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    various sources list his middle name as "no middle name/initial", Anton, Anthony

  • Victor Stachniewicz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner

  • Glinford Walls

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner

  • Kenneth Willis

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator

Aircraft

  • 42-5954 Mister Yank II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/5/43; Kearney 10/6/43; Dow Fd 7/7/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 11/7/43; Returned to the USA 30/3/44. Salvaged 4/1/46. MR YANK II.

Locations

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2020 00:15:15 466thHistorian Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.388bg.com/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-CRU01-0...

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:28:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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