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Turell Arnold Benson

Military

Killed in action on 9 December 1944 after his B17 collided with another plane over France. Only 2 of the crew survived

Service

People

  • Robert Kennewick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in action on 9 December 1944 after his B17 'Julie Mae' collided with plane 'Silver Dollar' over France two men bailed out. The Silver Dollar landed safely in Rrance. Only 2 of the crew survived

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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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97170 Julie Mae

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/44; Kearney 13/2/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-A] Kimbolton 30/3/44; Missing in Action Stuttgart 9/12/44 with Bob Kennewick, Art Gordon, Joe Werley, Art Reynolds, Turrell Benson, Ralph Weiss, Don LaRose (7 Killed in Action); Sam...

Missions

  • 744

    9 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Seattle, Washington 8 December 1924
Lived in Seattle, WA June 1942

502 N. 70th St

Enlisted Seattle, Washington 15 June 1943
Died Romilly-sur-Seine, France 9 December 1944

His a/c collided with another B-17, severing the back half his a/c very near or at his position.

Buried Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial 1945

Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial
Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot
A Row 24 Grave 61

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2020 02:37:01 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=36777969...
http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=7495074

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Mighty Eighth Combat Chronology Supplement, 1942-45; p. 182.; 379th Bombardment Group Anthology, pg 332

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