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Benedict A Andrew


Killed in Action (KIA) when B-17G #43-38926 'Weary Willie' piloted by Lieutenant William J. Waldron was attacked by fighters.



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    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot, Co-Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17G #43-38926 'Weary Willy' Exploded in air after being hit by enemy aircraft fire.

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Units served with

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 836th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38926

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 12/10/44; Grenier 22/10/44; Assigned 836BS/487BG Lavenham 2/12/44; Missing in Action Darmstadt 24/12/44 with ?; mid air coll with FW 190 en route target; crashed Belgium; Missing Air Crew Report 11675.

Associated Place

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...


Event Location Date
Born Centreville, MD 21617, USA 24 May 1925
Enlisted Baltimore, MD, USA 20 July 1943
Died Rouvreux, 4140 Sprimont, Belgium 24 December 1944

After training, he was assigned as flight engineer and top turret gunner on the heavy bomber crew off Second Lieutenant William J. Waldron. The Waldron crew completed B-17 combat crew training, and was assigned to the 836th Bomb Squadron of the 487th Bomb Group (Heavy) at Lavenham, Suffolk, England. The crew arrived at Lavenham on October 19, 1944, and became part of the 8th U.S. Army Air Force in Europe. There is a photo of S/Sgt Andrew and the Waldron Crew at Lavenham posted on the 487th Bomb Group website.

S/Sgt Andrew and five of his crew mates were killed in action on December 24, 1944 when their aircraft, B-17G 43-38926, was shot down by German fighters south of Liege, Belgium. Three men were blown clear and survived when the aircraft exploded in the air. The B-17 crashed near Rouvreux, Belgium, about 15 miles south of Liege.

Buried Easton, MD 21601, USA 1949

Spring Hill Cemetery
Talbot County
Maryland, USA


Date Contributor Update
05 August 2016 17:44:09 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, role, events, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:22 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology Supplement p. 535, The History of the 487th BG Roll of Honor pp. 302-5 and account pp 197-8 MACR 11675 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /