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Ballard James Bentley


Assigned to 497BS, 344BG, 9AF USAAF. FTR Erkeland in B-26 43-34565; shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Erkeland, Germany. 23-Feb-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 12649

Awards: PH.



  • Carl Chapman

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 344th Bomb Group
    Capt Carl F. Chapman Jr. attended North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Georgia. ...

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Units served with


  • 43-34565 Gratis Gladys

    B-26 Marauder
    On 23 February 1945, B-26 43-34565 was shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Erkeland, Germany. All eight crew killed. MACR 12649.

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Event Location Date
Born Kentucky, USA 11 July 1921

Son of Mack and Ada [Franklin] Bentley.

Lived in Baltimore, MD, USA 1942
Enlisted Huntington, WV, USA 31 March 1943

Huntington, West Virginia

Based 1944 – 23 February 1945

Assigned to 497BS, 344BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died 41812 Erkelenz, Germany 23 February 1945
Buried Potter Family Cemetery, Letcher County, KY July 1950

Potter Family Cemetery
Letcher County, Kentucky


Date Contributor Update
30 June 2020 17:20:48 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2018 17:04:31 Lucy May Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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