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George D Bennett


Killed on Mission (KOM) in B-26B #41-31697 "Duck Butt" [TQ:R] 387BG/559BS while serving as Radio Operator/Gunner. The crashed into a tree on instrument takeoff on mission to Boulogne, France. The Bomb load exploded. Only the Tail Gunner survived with serious injuries. The 322nd was moved to the 9th AF Oct. 1943.


Units served with

  • 387th Bomb Group

    387th Bomb Group

    The 387th Bomb Group flew just under thirty missions with the Eighth Air Force before being transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943. The Group remained at Chipping Ongar, Essex after being reassigned and continued to hit targets in France....

  • 559th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-31697 Duck Butt

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26B-20-MA #41-31697 "Duck Butt" [TQ:R] was assigned to the 387BG/559BS at Chipping Ongar, UK. On 9-Sep-43 it was being piloted by 1LT Elwood R. McClendon. 1LT McClendon attempted to take off with a full bomb load in dense fog on instruments. He...


Event Location Date
Killed on Mission (KOM) Chipping Ongar, Ongar, Essex CM5, UK 9 September 1943

Killed when the aircraft struck a tree on instrument takefoo fro a mission to Bologne, France.


Date Contributor Update
14 April 2020 22:25:57 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations

Added a connection to A/C #41-31697 listed in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2020 22:24:51 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2015 22:46:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events

Lee Cunningham 5-Jun-2015. Made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within exsiting website data, Added KOM event and edited Sunmmary Biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces', Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:49 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 279