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Charles Arthur Bennett

Military

Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. - Evaded.
See his page at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fbennetca.html.

Service

People

  • William Barrett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Ford Cowherd

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Evaded capture with the help of the Belgian COMETE evasion network. See Ford Cowherd's page athttps://www.evasioncomete.be/fcowherfc.html, with links to other evadees on his crew.

  • Stanley Dahlman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Gaynor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Assistant Engineer / Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit', Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 278. 3 crew members were killed; 4, including Gaynor were seriously wounded and made prisoner (POW); 3 others managed to evade capture, but one of them was caught just...

  • John Greager

    Military | Sergeant | Assistant Radio Operator / Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Prisoner of War (POW). 3 crew members were killed; 4, including Greager were seriously wounded and made prisoner (POW); 3 others managed to evade capture, but one of them was caught just before...

  • Thomas Hunt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Killed in Action (KIA). Thomas Hunt was a replacement crew member for that mission. 2 other crew members were killed; 4 were seriously wounded and made prisoner (POW); 3 others managed to evade...

  • Maurice Sullivan

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Seriously wounded. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Edward Troy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Prisoner of War (POW).3 crew members were killed; 4, including Troy were seriously wounded and made prisoner (POW); 3 others managed to evade capture, but one of them was caught just before...

  • Adrian Van Bemmel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29559 'Stupntakit'. Initially evaded, helped by the Belgian COMETE evasion network. Traveled through Belgium and France on his way to Spain. Was arrested in Saint-Jean-de-Luz near the Spanish border on 10 September...

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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

  • 42-29559 Stupntakit

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/1/43; Salina 13/1/43; Homestead 1/2/43; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-Q] Bassingbourn 25/2/43; Missing in Action 13m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Pilot Charles A. Bennett; Co-Pilot Stanley A. Dahlman; Navigator Adrian T. Van...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

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, United States 12 February 1917
Lived in 1940

Fairbanks, Alaska

Lived in Santa Cruz, California, United States 1942
Enlisted Moffett Field, Mountain View, California, United States 28 January 1942

Enlisted as a Private in the Air Corps

Evaded Wolfsdonk, Belgium 17 August 1943 – 20 November 1943

Blown clear of the airplane when he prepared to jump. He landed in parachute near Wolfsdonk, Belgium. Helped from there by Belgian individuals and underground members who handed him over to the Belgian COMETE evasion network. See https://www.evasioncomete.be/fbennetca.html

Died Venice, Florida, United States 26 November 1993

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 October 2021 10:35:21 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
Sources

Updated website address : www.evasioncomete.be !

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2020 19:46:51 jmoore43 Changes to role
Sources

Updated Role/Job per info supplied wih the attached photo UPL-43802.

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2020 07:09:44 ED-BB Changes to middlename and events
Sources

Own research for Bennett's page at http://www.evasioncomete.org/fbennetca.html

Date Contributor Update
19 April 2015 15:43:35 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
MACR 278
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 223
See his page at www.evasioncomete.org >>> Fiches.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 278 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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