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Ballard James Bentley

Military

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.

Service

People

  • 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

Aircraft

  • 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.

Associated Place

Events

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

Re-Interred
Potter Family Cemetery
Letcher County, Kentucky

Revisions

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

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/145475470/ballard-j_-bentley

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
Sources

MACR 12649: https://www.fold3.com/image/28829095
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/145475470/ballard-j.-bentley

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