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Benjamin E Upshaw


Shot down by fighters and crashed near Frankfort on 7/28/44 in B-17 #42-102952, Prisoner of War (POW).



Units served with

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 511th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102952

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/4/44; Kearney 7/5/44; Grenier 24/5/44; Assigned 511BS/351BG [DS-H] Polebrook 31/5/44; Missing in Action 29m Merseburg 28/7/44 with Pilot Bill Long POW; Co-Pilot Ben Upshaw POW; Flight engineer/top turret gunner Jack Hurley POW;...


Event Location Date
Born Chokio, Minnesota, USA
Prisoner of war Germany 28 July 1944


Date Contributor Update
30 March 2020 03:29:28 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2020 03:26:38 jmoore43 Changes to nickname

Added "Possible DUPLICATE" in the nickname field so an Admin can check out this person.

Date Contributor Update
11 September 2019 11:49:27 Mission_501 Changes to firstname

spelling of first name incorrect

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27 September 2014 18:04:22 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7817 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database