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Craig M Bennett

Military

Assigned to 848BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 850BS. Member of Schultz crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Plauen 21-Mar-45; mid air collision with Me262, explosion sheared of tail. Sole survivor. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 13556

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • John Schultz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 848BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Attached to 850BS. Failed to Return (FTR) Plauen 21-Mar-45; mid air collision with Me262, explosion sheared of tail. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13556 Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

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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. ...

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 848th Bomb Squadron
  • 850th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38072

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/6/44; Hunter 13/7/44; Grenier 24/7/44; Assigned 848BS/490BG Eye 27/7/44; 850BS; on local flights 18/8/44 with Albert Davis, Co-pilot: Fred Ostler, Navigator: Jenner DeSantis, Bombardier: Rich Wessel, Flight engineer/top turret...

Missions

Associated Place

  • Cheddington

    Military site : airfield
    The main runway at Cheddington fell short of the required 2,000 yards for a class A airfield and it was originally used as a satellite for groups at Bovingdon nearby. Between October 1942 and the end of war in Europe it was used as a Combat Crew...

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born West Virginia 26 November 1924
Lived in Charleston, SC 1943
Based Cheddington 1944 – 21 March 1945

Assigned to 848BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF.

Enlisted Fort Bragg, NC 17 March 1944

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Baled out POW Plauen, Germany 21 March 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Plauen 21-Mar-45; mid air collision with Me262, explosion sheared of tail. Sole survivor. POW MACR 13556

Prisoner of War (POW) Moosburg, Bavaria 21 March 1945 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft VIIa.

Discharged USAAF 16 May 1945

Honourable discharged.

Died Salisbury, NC 4 August 1983

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2020 19:27:47 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/41987569
https://www.fold3.com/image/41987744
https://www.fold3.com/record/20849669-craig-bennett
https://www.fold3.com/record/622198993-craig-bennett-1924
https://www.fold3.com/record/88483884-craig-m-bennett

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2020 19:25:48 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/41987569
https://www.fold3.com/image/41987744
https://www.fold3.com/record/20849669-craig-bennett
https://www.fold3.com/record/622198993-craig-bennett-1924
https://www.fold3.com/record/88483884-craig-m-bennett

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13556

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