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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 - MACR 3145.

Service

Units

  • 363rd Fighter Group

    363rd Fighter Group

    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

People

  • Daren Benbenek

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 363rd Fighter Group
    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...

Missions

  • 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: ...

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Pont-à-Celles, Belgium 20 March 1944

was last seen above Koblenz, Germany. Crashed near Pont-à-Celles, 13km NNW of Charleroi, Belgium

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2020 09:39:30 ED-BB Changes to description, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 6434
German report KUJ-911 at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/131494769 (NARA)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 3145 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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