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Evald Wallace Eugene Benson

Military

Evald Benson reported to the ETO on 4 April 1943. He flew as Co-Pilot on the Thomas Ledgerwood crew, but was flying with Berryman Brown when shot down. He completed 5 missions before being shot down on the 29 July 1943 Kiel mission in B-17 #42-5766. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards : Air Medal, Purple Heart.

Service

People

  • George Beyer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425766. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Berryman Brown

    Military | Flight Officer | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425766. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Clark

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425766. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Edgar Fergon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425766. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Thomas Ledgerwood

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Thomas Ledgerwood was Pilot of B-17 #42-29985 'Barrel House Bessie' when it was shot down on return from the Bremen mission on 8 October 1943. Prisoner of War (POW). Thomas Ledgerwood stayed in the Air Force after the war. Serving in Korea, he ended...

  • Harry Lofgren

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425766. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Eric Newhouse

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425766. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Roberts

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425766. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Charles Sheffield

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 29 July 1943 in B-17 #425766. Prisoner of War (POW). POW Post war he was a foreman for Hermitage Mills until his retirement. He died 31 May 1999 in Camden SC.

  • Joseph Thompson

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was taken from gunnery school at Ft. Myers, FL halfway through the course and went to Scotland on a ferried B-17. He arrived at the 306th as a Sergeant. On 08 June 1943. He was assigned to Capt. Fuhrmeister crew. Flew first mission on 09 June 1943....

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Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5766

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 31/12/42; Salina 8/1/43; Brookley 8/3/43; Morrison 10/4/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-G] Thurleigh 2/6/43. Missing in Action Kiel 29 July 1943 with Berryman H. Brown, Co-pilot: Evald W. Benson, Navigator: Edgar P.Fergon, Bombardier:...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 79

    29 July 1943
    The primary targets for this mission are the port facilities at Kiel, Germany and the Heinkel aircraft factories at Warnemunde, Germany. A combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (14 these included 1 Y-B40 gunship); 305BG (19); 306BG (18);...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kane, Pennsylvania, USA 11 April 1915

the son of Swedish-born Charles and Albertine Benson

Lived in 1942

Kane, McKean County, Pennsylvania, USA

Enlisted 13 March 1942

as a Private in the Air Corps, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Bailed out 29 July 1943

over Germany of B-17 42-5766

landed 29 July 1943

in a canal or lake East of Kiesby, Germany. Was rescued by a German leisure boat and brought to shore at Arnis, where he was arrested

Prisoner of War (POW) 29 July 1943 – 29 April 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan, Poland. Force-marched from there to Stalag 7A, Moosburg, Germany and liberated there on 29 April 1945 by US troops. NARA WWII POW records : "Returned to Military Control 25 January 1946 (sic)."

Honorably discharged 13 December 1945
Buried 1991

Evald Benson rests at the Mount Tabor Cemetery in Kane, McKean County, Pennsylvania, USA

Died 12 January 1991

Kane, McKean County, Pennsylvania, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2019 01:12:05 chuck benson Changes to biography
Sources

Filed by C.L. Benson, son

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2019 13:57:25 chuck benson Changes to nickname
Sources

Son

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2019 15:09:59 ED-BB Changes to middlename, firstname, service number, biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 120
US CENSUS 1930
WWII Draft Cards
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
VETERANS' BIRLS file

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2014 14:40:15 Emily Changes to service number, biography and events
Sources

MACR 120, NARA, Russell Strong Index Cards, 306th BGA Collection, First Over Germany pg. 148,

Data update, National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, 15 September 2014

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 120 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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