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John M Bennett Jr


SS/ DFC/ AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster
John Bennett learned to fly with the Texas National Guard and his squadron was ordered to active duty about a year before Pearl Harbour. As command pilot with 100th Bomber Group he was on the first raid to Berlin and that to the heavy water plant in Norway. After the war he returned to reserve duty in Texas rising to the rank of Major General. He became Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce in San Antonio, a Director of the American General and Cordillera Corporations and served on the committee of many other organisations. He died following a long battle with cancer in 1993.


Units served with

  • 3rd Air Division

    3rd Air Division

    In December 1944, the 3rd Bomb Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 349th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...


Event Location Date
Born San Antonio, Texas 26 June 1908


Date Contributor Update
22 November 2020 14:06:07 Helen Changes to biography

'Splasher Six'

Date Contributor Update
26 August 2020 00:48:48 jmoore43 Changes to highest rank

Updated the highest rank per page 322 in the book “A Wing and A Prayer” by Harry H. Crosby.

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2020 15:56:40 Emily Changes to highest rank, role, unit associations and place associations

100th Bomb Group Unit History at Bangor Public Library

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27 September 2014 18:16:25 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45