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Benjamin Hoyt DeLoach


Lt. Benjamin Hoyt DeLoach was born October 27, 1919, in Evans County, GA. to Willie F. and Elmine Callaway DeLoach. He flew 29 combat missions; 213 combat hours; in England from 10 June 1944-25 August 1944. After his tour of duty, he returned to the States, married his sweetheart, Betty Belmont, and became a flight instructor in Texas. Following the war, he enrolled in the University of Georgia using the GI Bill, where he received a degree in agriculture. He served as County Extension Agent for 40 years, 39 of which were in Charlton County, GA. He and Betty were the proud parents of five children. DeLoach passed away January 31, 1988, at the age of 68 and is buried at Canoochee Cemetery, Evans County, GA.


Units served with

  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...

  • 751st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102948 The Denver Bandit

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 21/5/44; Assigned 749BS/457BG [D] Glatton 23/5/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Keylon Clarke, Navigator: Walt Sundling, Bombardier: Bob Smith, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albt...

  • 42-106998 Paper Doll

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/1/44; Gr Island 29/1/44; Assigned 379BG Kimbolton 28/2/44; transferred 751BS/457BG [V] Glatton 2/3/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with Graeme Bow, Navigator: George McGee, Bombardier: Dick Hibschman, Ball turret gunner:...

  • 42-107026

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 1/2/44; Presque Is 21/2/44; Assigned 751BS/457BG [Y] Glatton 4/3/44; Flak, Zeitz 30/11/44 with John White, (9POW?); Moderwitz, Thuringia - Germany, Missing Air Crew Report 11150. HAMTRAMACK MAMA.

  • 42-30731

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/7/43; Gore 21/7/43; Gr Isle 14/8/43; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 4/9/43; transferred with HSC radar scanner installed 813BS/482BG [PC-U] Alconbury 5/9/43, then 751BS/457BG Glatton; Missing in Action Liepzig 7/7/44 with Jack Owens, Co...

  • 42-31630 PAKAWALUP

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/11/43; Wendover 8/12/43; Assigned 751BS/457BG [J] Glatton 29/1/44; battle damaged Nurnburg, on return crash landed Alconbury 19/2/45 with Richard Mack, Co-pilot: Don Schick, Navigator: John Nierengarden, Bombardier: Ralph Bell,...

  • 42-38056 Queen Bea

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Wendover 11/12/43; Assigned 751BS/457BG [M] Glatton 7/4/44; after returning from mission 2/6/44 was parked and hit by 42-31620, Salvaged 22/6/44. QUEEN BEA. ...

  • 42-97123

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/1/44; Kearney 6/2/44; Presque Is 25/2/44; Assigned 751BS/457BG [L] Glatton 8/3/44; (110m) Returned to the USA Bradley 9/6/44; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 42-97131 Home James

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/1/44; Kearney 15/2/44; Presque Is 25/2/44; Assigned 751BS/457BG [Z] Glatton 8/3/44; Missing in Action Genshagen 6/8/44 with Vince Frost, Navigator: Bob Danaher, Bombardier: Earl Peronto, Ball turret gunner: Dan Rice, Waist gunner:...

  • 42-97451 Nancy K

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 19/11/43; Wendover 11/12/43; Grenier 16/1/44; Assigned 751BS/457BG [N] Glatton 3/2/44; Missing in Action Gaggenau 10/9/44 with Harry Gay, Co-pilot: Earl Johnson, Navigator: Walter Sale*, Bombardier: Fabian Nordan*, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-97456 Mighty Little John

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/11/43; Salt Lake City 8/12/43; Wendover 11/12/43; Assigned 751BS/457BG [Q] Glatton 26/1/44; Missing in Action Gaggenau 10/9/44 with Homer Passmore, Co-pilot: Gerald Esser, Bombardier: Milton Long, Flight engineer/top turret gunner...

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  • 403

    10 June 1944

  • 407

    12 June 1944
    Willie Hussong got his arm caught in the door of the lower ball turret. Palmer and Rollinger pried him out with a gun barrel. Bombed an airfield. Hussong hospitalized.

  • 412

    14 June 1944
    Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.

  • 414

    15 June 1944

  • 418

    17 June 1944

  • 421

    18 June 1944

  • 425

    20 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. We were hit by flak; a piece hit Palmer's armor plate and another hit a gas tank. Probriefed in the evening for a big secret mission.

  • 8th Air Force 441

    25 June 1944

  • 8th Air Force 447

    29 June 1944

  • 451

    4 July 1944

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Associated Place

  • Glatton

    Military site : airfield
    Glatton, which lay mostly in the parish of Conington, was built by the 809th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) of the U.S. Army in the last months of 1942. Unusually, the base's three runways surrounded Rose Court Farm, which remained a working farm...


Event Location Date
Died Folkston, Georgia 31 January 1988


Date Contributor Update
22 January 2022 19:08:58 retireddeloach Changes to awards

pilot's personal copy of service record

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2021 11:55:41 retireddeloach Changes to aircraft associations

Personal records

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2021 11:38:08 retireddeloach Changes to media associations

Family collection

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2021 11:34:09 retireddeloach Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Personal and family collections.

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

1993 457th BGA Roster / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia