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Norman Robert Benoit


Assigned to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 2.5 kills. Completed 2 x Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: AM (7OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.


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. ...

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 435th Fighter Squadron


  • 44-14840 'The Victory Queen'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost 5-Feb-45 Structural Failure 10 miles Nth Sherringham - Pilot 2Lt Norbert W Rock Killed in Training Accident (KITA).

Associated Place

  • Wattisham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...


Event Location Date
Born Worcester County, MA, USA 10 January 1922

Son of Leo H and Ethel May [Ormrod] Benoit.

Enlisted Massachusetts, USA 30 December 1940


Lived in Furnace, Hardwick, MA 01031, USA 1941
Promotion 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Crashed LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT), Ontario, CA 91761, USA 15 April 1944

Mid Air Collision Ontario AAF, Ontario, CA Cat 2 damage 2Lt Norman R Benoit, 15-Apr-44.

P-38J 43-28936 - 443ABU 4AF

E/A Destroyed shared Chemnitz, Germany 7 October 1944

Me109 shared destroyed Cheznitz 7-Oct-44.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) (1) November 1944

Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). (1)

Enlisted Germany 25 December 1944

Fw190 destroyed Germany 25-Dec-44.

Promotion 19 January 1945

Promoted to Captain.

E/A Destroyed Brandenburg, Germany 9 February 1945

Fw190 destroyed Brandenburg, 9-Feb-45.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) (2) 14 February 1945

Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). (2)

Died New Braintree, MA, USA 28 March 1995


Date Contributor Update
30 April 2021 14:03:26 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography and events

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2019 22:40:40 halben Changes to highest rank

Family member

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2016 11:57:22 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- Unit roster in THE 479th FIGHTER GROUP Ref D790.G479

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2016 14:00:47 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:41 AAM AAM ingest

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