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Louis Mason Benepe 3rd

Military

Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck. Crashed Northeast of Dieppe, France. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 470

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Alfred Buinicky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Alfred Buinicky was a bench worker in a machine shop in Claremont, New Hampshire when he enlisted in August 1942. Sent overseas, he was assigned as a Ball Turret Gunner in the 303rd Bomb Group/358th Bomb Squadron in England. Shot down 31 August 1943 in...

  • James Comer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    S/Sgt James Comer Jr was Left Waist Gunner on B-17 "Augerhead" # 42-29635 of 303rd Bomb Group/358th Bomb Squadron when it was shot down on the 31 August mission to the Amiens/Glisy airfield. Prisoner of War (POW) - Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 470.

  • Walter Gasser

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 14 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck. Crashed Northeast of Dieppe, France....

  • Walter Hargrove

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck. Crashed Northeast of Dieppe, France. Evaded capture (EVD)....

  • William Maher

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Born in 1915 in New Hampshire, William Maher was working for the Manchester City Street Railway Company as a bus repairer in 1940. He enlisted in April 1942 and was sent overseas. Assigned to the 303rd Bomb Group/358th Bomb Squadron in England. Shot...

  • William Monahan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck. Crashed Northeast of Dieppe, France. Prisoner of War (POW)....

  • Verdis Pryor

    Military | Sergeant | Photographer | 303rd Bomb Group
    Verdis Pryor enlisted in January 1942 and was sent overseas. Assigned to the 303rd Bomb Group / 359th Squadron, he was a photographer on board B-17 "Augerhead" of the 358th Squadron when it was shot down on the 31 August 1943 mission to the Amiens...

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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. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29635 Augerhead

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/43; Salina 7/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-M] Molesworth 26/3/43. 18 missions. Missing in Action on the mission to bomb the airfield at Amiens-Glisy, France on 31 August 1943. Pilot: William J. Monahan; Co-pilot: Louis M....

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 88

    31 August 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 170 B-17s from: 91BG (16); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (19); and 384BG (18). The primary target for this element is German...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born St Paul, Ramsey County, MN 1 November 1919

Son of Louis Benepe.

Enlisted Minneapolis, MN 6 April 1942

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Based Molesworth 1943 – 31 August 1943

Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW Dieppe, France 31 August 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Amiens-Glisy, France in B-17 42-29635 'Augerhead' on 31-Aug-43; Flak hits slowed ship down then enemy aircraft struck. Crashed Northeast of Dieppe, France. POW MACR 470

Prisoner of war (POW) Zagan, Poland 31 August 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of war (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Died 15 February 1973

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2020 19:19:56 mbenepe12 Changes to suffix, nickname, highest rank and role
Sources

Michael Benepe; He was promoted after coming back Stateside in June of 1945. Kept his multi-engine until November 1, 1960. Remember sitting in the third seat at the age of 7 with him as pilot at Holman Field in St. Paul in June of 1959. He was invited to fly a B-17 that was with I believe the Confederate Airforce. (may have been it's predecessor) He related his captivity to me only once, and it was horrific. Many of our aircrews died in the stalags.

Date Contributor Update
19 May 2019 16:10:24 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/38294275
https://www.fold3.com/image/617001992
https://www.fold3.com/record/62521882-louis-benepe
https://www.fold3.com/record/84603008-louis-m-benepe

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2017 14:26:15 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 470 ;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:19 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 470

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