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Patrick Denis Benker

Military

Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #42-31740. POW, Missing Air Crew Report MACR #3953.

Service

Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31740

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 11/12/43; Kearney 27/12/43; Oklahoma City 12/1/44; Kearney 16/1/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-T] Grafton Underwood 1/3/44; Missing in Action Marienburg 9/4/44 with George Schock, Co-pilot: Elliott Gadd, Navigator: Ehrhardt Mittendorf,...

Missions

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 2 April 1917
Assigned Grafton Underwood, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14, UK 19 September 1943

Assigned to the 384th BG 546th BS on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #99 dated 19 September 1943, Philip R. MacPhail Crew. 22 combat missions.

POW Germany 9 April 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner Of War
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16

Died 16 July 1995

Burial:
San Francisco National Cemetery
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA
Plot: Section H Site CA-222C

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2016 20:40:30 bombercommand Changes to awards
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=fls&FLid=7700666&FLgrid=35...

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2016 20:38:49 bombercommand Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/person.php?PersonKey=283

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=354311

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3653 / MACR 3653, http://384thbombgroup.com/_content/_pages/PersonnelSearch.php?LastName=b... / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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