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Clark Harold Benington




  • Mack Dodson

    Military | 96th Bomb Group

  • Richard Higgins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | radio operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned June 1944

  • Richard Leitch

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned June 1944

  • Albert McVicker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned June 1944

  • Robert Myers

    Military | Sergeant | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned June 1944. Feb 10, Bob Myers (one who bailed out) said about the crash: "during the initial frontal attack, the oxygen system was knocked out and the navigator was wounded. Lt. Dickert made a 18

  • Paul O'Brien

    Military | Sergeant | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned June 1944

  • Joseph Sisti

    Military | Sergeant | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned June 1944

  • Elmer Smith

    Military | Sergeant | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned June 1944

Units served with

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...


  • 43-37767 Star Eyes, My Ideal

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/5/44; Patterson 26/6/44; Kearney 26/6/44; Grenier 6/7/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-H] Snetterton 8/7/44; Missing in Action Brunswick 2/3/45 with Benton Gatch, Co-pilot: John Kennedy, Navigator: Emmett Brown, Bombardier: John Ozier,...


  • 466

    11 July 1944
    More than 1000 planes bombed Munich. Flak cut our control cables to elevators and rudder. Flew back by wing trim tabs. Shippy spliced cables before landing. Nine hour ride. Flak hit Sgt Rollinger's oxygen mask and injured his nose and eyes.

  • 469

    12 July 1944
    Picked up a few flak holes. Overcast weather all the way. Another long ride. This makes 17 completed Missions.

  • 472

    14 July 1944

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 8th Air Force 482

    19 July 1944
    Schweinfurt, Germany ball bearing plant was the target. Hit by flak and fell behind formation at 8:45 am above Aachen, Germany and crashed at Haren, Belgium at 10:06 am in the air district.

  • 501

    28 July 1944

  • 503

    29 July 1944

  • 507

    31 July 1944
    Flak knocked out #2 engine, the interphone system, the VHF plus other damages. We got back to the base before the formation.

  • 508

    1 August 1944

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...


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Date Contributor Update
18 January 2018 03:13:05 kcrichton23 Changes to person associations, place associations and mission associations

original list of missions held by Clark's wife, Lucia (Arras) Benington

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2018 02:25:59 kcrichton23 Changes to surname, middlename and role


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:21 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia