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Fred G Bender


Fred Bender served as a flight engineer and top turret gunner with the 785th Bomb Squadron of the 466th Bomb Group. On 5 April 1945, he was Killed in Action (KIA) when his aircraft, B-24J A/C# 42-51531, was shot down over Holland. His body was never found and so it is his name that is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery.



  • Patrick Dillard

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Walter Gossling

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • George Graboski

    Military | Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • John Korba

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Lewis Lovell

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group

  • William Pieper

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Armand Pohle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Philip Ross

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-51531

    B-24 Liberator
    For reasons unknown, the Liberator left formation over The Netherlands and was lsot, with all 10 men on board Missing In Action (MIA). They are all memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge.


Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


Event Location Date
Born Ohio, USA 1917
Enlisted Columbus, OH, USA 26 October 1940

Fort Hays

Lived in Toledo, OH, USA 1943

755 Carlton Street, Toledo, Ohio

Killed in Action (KIA) near Brouwershaven, Netherlands 5 April 1945

Tablets of the Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery
Cambridge, England


Date Contributor Update
04 April 2020 08:55:25 ED-BB Changes to events, person associations and mission associations

Associated crew members

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2017 11:50:35 Lucy May Changes to role, biography, awards, events and place associations

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13737

Date Contributor Update
27 June 2016 02:27:00 466thHistorian Changes to events

466th BG HIstorian

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 00:51:34 466thHistorian Changes to service number, events, person associations and unit associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2014 03:04:53 RJK Changes to role

Hand written list provided to 2nd Lt Philip Ross and sent to his family before his plane failed to return. The entire crew wrote them down.

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2014 02:25:18 RJK Changes to events

Hand written list provided to 2nd Lt Philip Ross and sent to his family before his plane failed to return. The entire crew wrote them down.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:18 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 13737 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database