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Daren Lisle Benbenek


Daren L. Benbenek was a Pilot in the 363rd Fighter Group/381st Fighter Squadron. He was Killed In Action (KIA) on the Bomber Escort mission to Frankfurt, 20 March 1944. Last seen during an engagement with German fighters above Koblenz, Germany, his P-51 #43-6434 crashed in Pont-à-Celles, Belgium. MACR 3145 doesn't give any explanation about the reason he went down.


Units served with

  • 363rd Fighter Group

    363rd Fighter Group

    Equipped with P-51s, the Group entered combat from England in February 1944, flying bomber escort and ground-strafing missions. They took part in the invasion of Normandy, protecting gliders and troop carriers on 6 and 7 June. In September 1944, now...

  • 381st Fighter Squadron


  • 43-6434

    P-51 Mustang
    Pilot Daren L. Benbenek was killed in the crash of this Mustang. He had been last seen above Koblenz, Germany during an encounter with German fighters. No details are known about the reason of the loss. Killed In Action (KIA). Missing Air Crew Report ...


  • 8th Air Force FO 275 BOMBER ESCORT

    20 March 1944
    A force of 594 fighters of types: P-38; P-47 and P-51 are despatched to escort heavy bombers attacking at Frankfurt and Mannheim, Germany. Dispatch summary follows: ...

Associated Place

  • Rivenhall

    Military site : airfield
    Originally allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a heavy bomber base, Rivenhall was built during 1943-44 but transferred to the Ninth Air Force before construction was complete. It had three concrete runways, 51 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...


Event Location Date
Born Snyder, Scurry County, Texas, United States 27 January 1922
Lived in 1941

Snyder, Texas

Enlisted 21 January 1941

Fort Worth, Texas

Killed In Action (KIA) 20 March 1944

in the crash of P-51 #43-6434, Pont-à-Celles, Belgium

Buried 22 March 1944

at the municipal cemetery in Gosselies, near Charleroi, Belgium

Buried 1949

after the war, his remains were brought back to the USA. Daren Benbenek rests at the Snyder Cemetery in Snyder, Texas


Date Contributor Update
28 June 2020 09:53:18 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

MACR 3145
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA Headstone Applications

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2019 18:00:17 FosterFam6 Changes to media associations

family photo passed down from his sister

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:56 AAM AAM ingest

9th Air Force Roll of Honor (IWM in liaison with Ninth Air Force veterans and group associations, American Battle Monuments Commission, and Buddies of the Ninth Association) / Miller and Marinelli histories