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Benjamin Alan Babitz

Military

Transferred 467th BG

Service

People

  • Donald Prytulak

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 467th Bomb Group
    Don and his crew were among the first crews to arrive at Alamogordo. Many of the new crews had been disbanded to form other new crews or were taken over by a senior pilot. Apparently, the command staff liked what they saw in Don as his crew remained...

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Units served with

  • 467th Bomb Group

    467th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 467th Bomb Group, or the "Rackheath Aggies" as they came to be known, flew B-24 Liberators on missions from April 1944. Its air crews became known for their accuracy and the Group had the best overall standing for accuracy within the Eighth Air...

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 859th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • North Pickenham

    Military site : airfield
    Built comparatively late during 1943-44 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, North Pickenham was rather cramped as an airfield site so the main runway was shorter than typical. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

  • Rackheath

    Military site : airfield
    First allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in August 1942, Rackheath was then earmarked as a fighter base but, because of delay in construction, was never used as such. Built during 1943, the station had three concrete runways, 50 loop...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Brooklyn, New York 5 May 1924
Enlisted New York, New York 5 November 1942
492nd BG Combat Tour North Pickenham Airfield, UK 11 May 1944 – 6 August 1944

28 Combat Missions

467th BG Combat Tour Rackheath Airfield, UK 14 August 1944 – 16 August 1944

3 Combat Missions

Died Weston, Florida 14 August 2017
Buried Lake Worth, Florida 18 August 2017

South Florida National Cemetery
Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida, Plot
SECTION A-45 ROW D SITE 1

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2019 02:31:24 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, role, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/182882946
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=8939&h=2994720&...
http://www.492ndbombgroup.com/cgi-bin/pagepilot.cgi?page=showCrewPage&cr...

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster supplied by Dave Arnett

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