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Byron Mills Bennett

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24549 'Stupen Takit', 91BG/323BS while serving as Navigator. The aircraft sustained a direct hit from AA fire just after leaving the target of the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. CPT McCarty ordered a bale out, but only two crewmen managed to parachute from the aircrft before it exploded. The aircraft crashed at Buldern, Germany.

Service

People

  • Martin McCarty

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 4-Mar-43 in B-17F 41-24549 'Stupen Takit', 91BG/323BS while serving as Pilot. The aircraft sustained a direct hit from AA fire just after leaving the target of the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. CPT McCarty...

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Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24549 Stupen Takit

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-25-BO 41-24549 'Stupen Takit was assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-Q] Bangor 10-Oct-42; Bassingbourn 11-Oct-42; Missing in Action (MIA) 14 missions over Hamm, Germany 4-Mar-43 The aircraft took a direct flak just after the target and exploded just minutes...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 39

    4 March 1943
    After several weather-caused aborted attempts in attacking the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, the 8th Air Force is finally successful in attacking this target. A total of 71 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (18); 305BG (12) amd 306BG (21)....

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born California, USA 2 February 1916
Enlisted San Francisco, CA, USA 3 June 1941
Killed in Action (KIA) Buldern, 48249 Dülmen, Germany 4 March 1943

Killed when aircraft took a direct hit from AA fire and exploded.

Buried San Bruno, CA, USA 1948

Golden Gate National Cemetery
San Bruno
San Mateo County
California, USA
Plot: Section K Site 57

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2016 23:15:19 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=1650134

Date Contributor Update
10 June 2016 23:14:24 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, biography, events and person associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=bennett&GSfn=byron...
http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=1650134

Date Contributor Update
25 June 2015 17:14:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Jun-2015. Added decorations and Burial event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; Confirmed SN and added KIA event per MACR 15596. Made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data. Added A/C model letter, unit association, crew position, loss details and A/C crash location to Summary Biogrpahy based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces:, Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15596 / MACR 15596, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey, pp. 87-88, MACR 3721 The Ragged Irregulars of Bassingbourne by Havelaar p. 250 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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