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Benjamin A Taylor

Military

Joined RAFVR, service pilot training in US, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 121S, transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF, transferred to VIII AF Service Command, transferred to 325th FS, 31st TG, IX AF Service Command.
Killed in Action (KIA) C-47A-25-DK #42-93508 crashed on landing at Ramsbury, UK. 22-12-44.

Service

People

  • Willard Leutenegger

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 27th Air Transport Group
    Co Pilot C-47A-25-DK #42-93508 when it crashed after striking trees attempting to land in heavy fog at Ramsbury, Station 469, UK. Killed in Action (KIA). DNB. 22-12-44.

  • John Vojcik

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief | 27th Air Transport Group
    Crew Chief C-47A-25-DK #42-93508 when it crashed after striking trees attempting to land in heavy fog at Ramsbury, Station 469, UK. Killed in Action (KIA). DNB. 22-12-44.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • IX Air Force Service Command

    IX Air Force Service Command

    Command
    The IX Air Force Service Command performed two functions: supplying the Ninth Air Force, and maintenance and major repair of airplanes and other equipment. ...

  • VIII Air Force Service Command
  • 31st Transport Group
  • 325th Ferry Squadron
  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

  • No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 14 May 1941, No. 121 was reformed at Kirton-in-Lindsey as the second 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American volunteers. Equipped with Hurricanes, it began defensive patrols in October but in November it converted to Spitfires. It moved to North...

Aircraft

  • BL986

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BL986 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • 42-93508

    C-47 Skytrain
    Crashed after striking trees attempting to land in heavy fog at Ramsbury, Station 469, UK. Pilot, Co Pilot and Crew Chief KIFA, Asst Crew Chief Daniel V.B. Riley and Radio Operator Charles A Kdlak WIA. The airplane was diverting there because it was...

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Spokane, WA, USA 31 May 1918

Born - 31 May 1918 Spokane, Washington, USA.

Lived in Salem, OR, USA 1940
Joined RAFVR Canada 1940

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Service pilot training Tulsa, OK, USA 1940

Service pilot training in US.

Shipped overseas Merseyside, UK 1941

Shipped overseas to ETO.

Operational training Great Britain, United Kingdom 1941

Operational training at OTU. Conversion to Hurricane and Spitfires.

Assigned Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK 1941 – 24 September 1942

Assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 24 September 1942 – 11 November 1942

Transferred to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred 1943

Transferred to VIII AF Service Command

Transferred Grove, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12, UK 1944

Transferred to 325th FS, 31st TG, IX AF Service Command.

Died Ramsbury, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8, UK 22 December 1944

Piloting C-47A-25-DK #42-93508 when it crashed after striking trees attempting to land in heavy fog at Ramsbury, Station 469, UK. Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried Belcrest Memorial Park, 1295 Browning Ave S, Salem, OR 97302, USA 1945

Belcrest Memorial Park, Salem, Oregon, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 20:54:32 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_ta...
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3653

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2015 18:58:47 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.ramsburyatwar.com/crashes/c47ramsbury.htmhttp://www.aviationa...
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_ta...
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3653

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Leslie Veit

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