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Birth:
1922 1
Santa Clara County, California 1
Death:
Kiel, Germany 1
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Birth:
1922 1
Santa Clara County, California 1
Male 1
Death:
Kiel, Germany 1
Cause: Aircraft exploded over target / Hit by Flak 1
Burial:
Burial Date: 04 Jan 2014 1
Burial Place: Garrison Cemetary Kiel Field XI, Germany 1
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Birth:
Mother: Josephine Hanson, Benson / Palo Alto, California 1
Father: John Benson/ Palo Alto, California 1
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Category:
USAAF 92nd Bomb Group 1
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Army Serial No. 39122379 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1
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Enlisted for the duration 1
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San Francisco, California 1
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Enlistment Jan -28-1943 1
Family:
Evelyn Benson: Sister, born 1912 1
Mildred Benson: Sister born 1910 1

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Mission to Kiel

Shipyards and Submarine Pens at Kiel, Germany

Mission to Kiel,
A/C # 42-3494,  92nd Bomb Group, 325th Squadron.

A/C exploded over target, hit by flak. 

No survivors all KIA

The operational month for the 92nd Bomb Group began on January 4th, with the group lashing twice, on successive days at the shipyards and submarine pens at Kiel.  The first of these raids was led by Mjor McGehee Word Jr. and 1at Lt Milton V Shevchik, was costly.  Fifteen aircraft attacked, and two did not return.  The missing aircraft were piloted by 2nd Lt Raymond J. Manchu (lost to flak at target of which Benson was a crew member)  The second A/C was piloted by  2nd Lt J.J. Hughes.

 

Source; The Route as Briefed; John Sloan

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