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Joseph L Bennett


Joined RCAF, assigned to 133S, transferred to 336FS 4FG 8AF USAAF, promoted 1st Lt
Engineering officer, Assigned to Headquarters, VIII Fighter Command Mar-44

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

Post War: Remained in the Air Force after the war, serving at bases in Arizona, Texas and New Mexico, as well as one tour in England as a maintenance officer. Retired from the USAF as a Lieutenant Colonel Nov-63
Engineer for Custom Pools Co. in Albuquerque, NM, retiring in 1980.


Units served with

  • VIII Fighter Command

    VIII Fighter Command

    VIII Fighter Command was established as VIII Interceptor Command at Selfridge Field on 2 February 1942.

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

  • Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron (VIII Fighter Command)
  • No 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    No 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    'On 1 August 1941, No. 133 reformed at Coltishall as the third 'Eagle' Squadron manned by American personnel. Equipped with Hurricanes it became operational at the end of September. The next month the Squadron moved to Northern Ireland, returning to...


  • 42-7881

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. 2nd Lt Vincent R 'Bud' Castle lost in this A/C 19 June 43 - KIFA (Take-off crash). Crashed just off the base while returning from a local flight. Witnesses noted he was “flying low and climbing. He reached the top of...

  • 42-7873

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed North Weald due to an engine fire on 17-Jun-43, pilot Joe L Bennett OK.

  • 41-6574 'Miss San Carlos'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    16-8-43 Destroyed 2 x Fw190's and damaged another over Paris

Associated Place

  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...


Event Location Date
Born Boise, ID, USA 19 January 1917
Joined RCAF Canada 1940

Joined Royal Canadian Air Force. Fl/Sgt Pilot.

Lived in Boise, ID, USA 1941
Assigned Biggin Hill, London SE19 3HY, UK 1941 – 9 October 1942

Assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF. Commissioned P/O.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 9 October 1942 – 29 February 1944

Transferred to 336th FS 4th FG 8AF USAAF. 2nd Lieutenant.

Promoted Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 11 March 1943

Promoted 1st Lieutenant.

Crashed 17 June 1943

Crashed into pub after engine failure P-47 42-7881. RTD.

Assigned March 1944 – 1945

Engineering officer, Assigned to Headquarters, VIII Fighter Command 3-44

Died Hobbs, NM, USA 17 November 2010


Date Contributor Update
29 November 2021 13:55:49 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2018 15:13:24 general ira snapsorter Changes to events and aircraft associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop and Hey p. 156, ;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2016 14:46:54 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography, events and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2015 16:25:32 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2015 16:11:46 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, role, biography, unit associations and place associations

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:23 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list