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Turell Arnold Benson


Killed in action on 9 December 1944 after his B17 collided with another plane over France. Only 2 of the crew survived



  • Robert Kennewick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in action on 9 December 1944 after his B17 'Julie Mae' collided with plane 'Silver Dollar' over France two men bailed out. The Silver Dollar landed safely in Rrance. Only 2 of the crew survived

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Units served with

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97170 Julie Mae

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/44; Kearney 13/2/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-A] Kimbolton 30/3/44; Missing in Action Stuttgart 9/12/44 with Bob Kennewick, Art Gordon, Joe Werley, Art Reynolds, Turrell Benson, Ralph Weiss, Don LaRose (7 Killed in Action); Sam...


  • 744

    9 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....


Event Location Date
Born Seattle, Washington 8 December 1924
Lived in Seattle, WA June 1942

502 N. 70th St

Enlisted Seattle, Washington 15 June 1943
Died Romilly-sur-Seine, France 9 December 1944

His a/c collided with another B-17, severing the back half his a/c very near or at his position.

Buried Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial 1945

Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial
Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
A Row 24 Grave 61


Date Contributor Update
08 December 2020 02:37:01 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, events, unit associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:17 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Mighty Eighth Combat Chronology Supplement, 1942-45; p. 182.; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 332