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Benjamin G Beauclair

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Benjamin Beauclair was Co-Pilot of B-17 "Skunkface" #42-29656 of 91st Bomb Group/322nd Bomb Squadron, shot down by fighters on a mission to Leipzig on 20 February 1944. Crashed behind the railway station at Lens, NNW of Mons, Belgium. Hit in the leg and chest during the fighter attack. First sent to a hospital in Mons, he was later transferred to another one in Brussels on 28 February 1944, together with Left Waist Gunner Sgt Ramsey and Ball Turret Gunner Sgt Rex Wertman. Was witness to the death of Wertman during or right after riding in the ambulance driving them there. Prisoner of War (POW) - Stalag Luft 1, Barth, Germany.

Service

People

  • Charles Betzel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Charles Betzel was a graduate of Davenport High School and was employed at the Iowa-Illinois Gas & Electric Co before entering the service in April 1942. Assigned to the Air Corps, he started his training at Santa Ana, California and later at Blythe,...

  • Francis Hentges

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Francis Hentges was Tail Gunner on B-17F #42-29656 "Skunkface" of 91st Bomb Group / 322nd Bomb Squadron, shot down by fighters on a mission to Leipzig on 20 February 1944. Crashed NNW of Mons, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2460. Prisoner of...

  • Billy Huish

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Billy Huish was Navigator on B-17 "Skunkface"#42-29656 of the 91st Bomb Group / 322nd Bomb Squadron, shot down by enemy fighters on 20 February 1944 over Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2460. Initially evaded with the help of Belgians, the...

  • Ernest Kidd

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Ernest Kidd was Pilot of B-17 "Skunkface" #42-29656, shot down by fighters on a mission to Leipzig on 20 February 1944. Crashed behind the railway station at Lens, NNW of Mons, Belgium. Kidd was suffering from a broken upper thigh and was hospitalized...

  • Theodore Mazor

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Theodore Mazor was Radio Operator on B-17F #42-29656 "Skunkface" of 91st Bomb Group / 322nd Bomb Squadron, shot down by fighters on a mission to Leipzig on 20 February 1944. Crashed NNW of Mons, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2460. Prisoner of...

  • Billie Ramsey

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Billie Ramsey was Left Waist Gunner on B-17F #42-29656 "Skunkface" of 91st Bomb Group / 322nd Bomb Squadron, shot down by fighters on a mission to Leipzig on 20 February 1944. Crashed NNW of Mons, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2460. Prisoner...

  • Ernest Serna

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Ernest Serna was Right Waist Gunner on B-17F #42-29656 "Skunkface" of 91st Bomb Group / 322nd Bomb Squadron, shot down by fighters on a mission to Leipzig on 20 February 1944. Crashed NNW of Mons, Belgium. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2460. Prisoner...

  • Ober Torvik

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    After graduating from Sisseton High School, North Dakota, Ober Torvik left home at 17 years of age and went to California to join the Merchant Marine. For five years he traveled the seas to Alaska and many foreign countries. After that stint at sea, he...

  • Rex Wertman

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    After attending the New Creek School and the Keyser High School in West Virginia, Rex Wertman worked for Browning Bottling Company in Keyser. Enlisted in November 1942, he received training in Miami Beach, Florida; in Amarillo, Texas; in Moses Lake,...

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Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29656 The Terrible Ten, Skunkface

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 2/2/43; Salina 9/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-F] Molesworth 21/3/43 "THE TERRIBLE TEN"; transferred 322BS/91BG [LG-S] Bassingbourn 5/7/43 "SKUNKFACE". Missing in Action on its 19th mission, to Aschersleben, Germany on 20 February...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Buhl, MN, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 20 February 1944 – 1 June 1945

POW at Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany (South compound - Barrack 2 - Room 9). NARA WWII POW records : “Returned to Military Control 12 June 1945”

Lived in Buhl, Minnesota, United States

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 November 2015 15:51:37 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

MACR 2460
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2015 07:46:49 flysubs Changes to events
Sources

Benjamin Beauclair was my father

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2460 / MACR 2460, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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