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Benjamin Arthur Brew


While assigned 552nd FTS 495th FTG, 8th AF. Crash landed P-47 41-6234 in Irish Sea 1 mile offshore of Nefyn. Killed in Action (KIA). 23-Jul-44.

Awards: PH.


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. ...

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 552nd Fighter Training Squadron


  • 41-6234 'Thumbs Up Doc' 'Sugar Baby'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 56FS, 62FG, 8AF USAAF, Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed Irish Sea, Off Nefyn, Nth Wales Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt Benjamin A Brew KIFA, 23-Jul-44. Engine Stalled after slow roll at 500ft. Observed by ship crew and P-47 Pilot...

Associated Place

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...


Event Location Date
Born Columbus, GA 24 October 1921
Lived in San Francisco, CA, USA 1941

San Francisco, California, USA.

Student Chattanooga, TN February 1942

University of Chattanooga, Tennessee

Enlisted San Francisco, CA, USA 11 September 1942

Enlisted at San Francisco, California

Assigned Loughborough, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK 1944 – 23 July 1944

Assigned to 552nd FTS 495th FTG, 8th AF

Died English Channel 23 July 1944

Crash landed P-47 41-6234 in English channel 1 mile offshore of Nevin. Lt Brew killed in crash. 23rd July 1944.

Buried 1946

Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery, Coton, Cambs, UK


Date Contributor Update
09 August 2021 18:47:26 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

Date Contributor Update
09 August 2021 13:31:44 Rinteln1 Changes to biography

US Military accident report.

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24 April 2021 14:20:06 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename and events

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24 April 2021 08:34:04 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, events and place associations

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18 April 2017 03:54:00 Rinteln1 Changes to nickname


Date Contributor Update
22 July 2015 23:06:19 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events and unit associations
Sources Accident record Details.