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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army Air Forces 2
Rank:
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces 1
Birth:
22 Jan 1922 2
Alexandria, Louisiana 2
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The 11th Air Force was originally constituted as Alaskan Air Force on December 28, 1941 and activated January 15, 1942. It was re-designated the 11th AF in February 1942. The 11th AF participated in operations in the Aleutians and was involved with the defense of Alaska.
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Blue and yellow are the Air Force colors. Blue alludes to the sky, the primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of Air Force personnel. The winged star-in-circle is adapted from the Air Force logo and is a stylized representation of the North Star, which suggests the 11th Air Force's home base in the Alaska and the scope of the organization's defense mission. The "11" refers to the numerical designation of the unit.
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Written on back: Bill, Grace, Carey, mother & Earle Carey's last leave home - shot down shortly after over Japan.
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Carey is on bottom 2nd from left, with fur lined bomber jacket on. Directly above Carey is Captain Harrell Ringo Hoffman.
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Full Name:
Sammie Carey Benton 2
Full Name:
Sammie C Benton 1
Also known as:
Carey 2
Birth:
22 Jan 1922 2
Alexandria, Louisiana 2
Male 2
Death:
Buried: Missing in Action or Buried at Sea<BR>Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial<BR>Honolulu, Hawaii 1
Death: 12-Jan-46 1
Death Date: 12 Jan 1946 1
Memorial Cemetery: Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial 1
Memorial Country: Honolulu, Hawaii 1
Memorial Location: Missing in Action or Buried at Sea 1
Residence:
State: Louisiana 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army Air Forces 2
Rank:
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces 1
Service Number:
14046609 1
Awards:
Air Medal, Purple Heart 1
Regiment:
21st Bomber Squadron, 28th Bomber Group, Heavy 1

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11th AirForce

The USAAF established a series of airfields under the command of Eleventh Air Force, headquartered at Elmendorf Army Airfield, near Anchorage. Major airfields and known major units assigned to these airfields were:
Adak AAF, Adak Island , Aleutians
51°52′48″N 176°38′50″W / 51.88°N 176.647222°W / 51.88; -176.647222 (Adak) 
343d Fighter Group (March 7, 1943 – July 25, 1943)
28th Bombardment Group (March 14, 1943 – February 26, 1944)42d Fighter Squadron (September 10 – December 12, 1942) (54th FG)

21st Bomber Squadron, 28th Bomber Group

Pilot: Harrell Ringo HoffmanCo-Pilot: Robert J. Riddle
Navigator: Carroll William Cramer
Bombardier: Edward Richardson Bacon, III
Eng-Gunner: Myron Marvin Brown
Radio Op-Gunner: John Joseph Antoniono
Radar Observer: Sammie Carey Benton
Asst. Eng-Gunner: Raymond George Brown
Armorer-Gunner: Richard H. QuackenbushPhotographer: Nick John Mess

USAF Staff Sergeant

Staff Sergeant (SSgt) is E-5 in the U.S. Air Force, just above Senior Airman and below Technical Sergeant. It is the Air Force's first non-commissioned officer rank as well as the first Air Force rank to which promotion is on a competitive basis. Senior airmen are considered for promotion if they attain that rank on or before February 1 of that testing year. This is so that they will have a minimum of 6 months time-in-grade before the first promotion date of that testing year, however in a normal career progression one achieves this grade after 5 to 7 years in service. Staff sergeants are expected to be technically proficient and function as first-line supervisors within a workcenter. After being selected for promotion senior airmen must attend Airman Leadership School, which teaches them basic leadership and how to write performance reports. The term of address is Staff Sergeant or Sergeant.

R&R

On  R&R at a shooting range in Nevada, Carey met Clark Gable. When Carey was based in California, he went to the USO dances in Hollywood. He danced with Greta Garbo and took photos with her.

On his last R&R he was sent home and returned on his own early because he couldn't stand being away any longer.  His very first mission when he returned was also his last since this was the doomed flight where his B-24 dissapeared somewhere near the Alutian Islands on August 11, 1943.

This story was told by his brother, William "Billy" Benton, 6-26-2009.

Sammie Carey Benton Military History

Carey Benton served in the USAF 21st Bomber Squadron, 28th Bomber Group, Heavy. Carey and his crew were flying missions over Kiska which was occupied by Japan. The B-24 dissapeared August 11, 1943 over the Paramushira Strait, Alutian Islands. The B-24 was last seen by another bomber with fire coming out of the engines. It had been hit by Japanese fire. One report states that this mission was to bomb a nearby Japanese sub. Carey and his crew was declared missing in action 1/12/1946. Their names are on the Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu, Hawaii Memorial.

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