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Albert Francis Benneyworth


Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD).

Transferred to 53FS, 36FG, 9AF USAAF.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 36th Fighter Group

    36th Fighter Group

    The Group, as the 36th Pursuit Group, were part of the defence force for the Caribbean area and the Panama Canal in 1941, flying P-39s and P-40s out of Puerto Rico. By May 1944 the 36th Fighter Group were flying their first missions out of England...

  • 370th Fighter Squadron
  • 53rd Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...


Event Location Date
Born Nashville, TN, USA 5 August 1925

Son of Gordon Francis and Ruby Maud [Lowe] Benneyworth.

Lived in Nashville, TN, USA 1941
Enlisted Nashville, TN, USA 11 December 1942

Nashville, Tennessee

Crashed Punta Gorda, FL, USA 26 January 1945

Mid Air Collision 20 miles NW Punta Gorda, Florida BL 2Lt Albert F Benneyworth, 26-Jan-45.

P-40N 43-24117 - 344AAFBU 3AF

Based East Wretham 28 March 1945 – September 1945

Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK September 1945

Completed Tour of Duty (ETD).

Transferred Rothwesten, 34233 Fuldatal, Germany October 1945

Transferred to 53FS, 36FG, 9AF USAAF.

Crashed Rothwesten, 34233 Fuldatal, Germany 18 December 1945

Forced Landing due to Engine Failure Rothwesten/R-12 Cat 4 damage 2Lt Albert F Benneyworth, 18-Dec-45.

P-47D 44-33139 - 53FS 36FG 9AF

Died Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 7 November 1958

Drowned at beach, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.


Date Contributor Update
26 April 2021 08:50:25 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename and events

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2017 15:00:51 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Unit History

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2016 11:03:39 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources - Fathers burial details

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2016 10:56:52 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:04 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list