Bennett, George R., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 755-Radio Operator, Army Air Force
Last AFSC Group
Signal (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 755, 351st Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1943 - 1945
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
351st Bomb Squadron
Thorpe-Abbots, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Jan 10, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
North Sea
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy351st Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 755, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 755, 351st Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1944-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
George R. Bennett was born in Pennsylvania in 1924. His father's name was Raymond, but no data located reveals his mother's name.

It is known he was drafted, and inducted into military service at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia on June 17, 1943. His enlistment file states he had completed 3 years of high school, and was single. He was assigned to the Army Air Forces, and trained as a radio operator. He was sent to crew training, in a crew led by Lt. Dodrill. This crew arrived in England in October, 1944, and was dispatched on 12 missions.

On January 10, 1945, the crew took part in a raid on facilities in Cologne, Germany. Over the target, the aircraft dropped from formation, and turned to a heading toward Belgium. One source states one engine was out, but this is not confirmed. The aircraft never returned to base.

Rumors supplemented the disappearance of this aircraft and crew. It was said to have crashed intact at Gladburg, Germany. The Luftwaffe supposedly restored it and flew it as a decoy. This is false. Most agencies now agree it crashed into the North Sea. No remains were recovered, and after one year, a FOD (Finding of Death) was issued for the crew. They are memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in the Cambridge American Cemetery in Cambridge, England.


www.findagrave.com
www.abmc.gov
www.https://etvma.org/veterans/george-r-bennett/10653
www.100thbg.com/database/index/personnel
NARA Enlistment Records

  

Comments/Citation
Cpl George R. Bennett was acting as radio operator and dorsal gunner on B-17G # 42-37936, named "All American Girl," assigned to the 351st Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 11744 was issued, although it contains no details of the loss. Crew rosters and personnel files show the crew as:

2 Lt John J. Dodrill  p
2 Lt David S. Williams  c-p
1 Lt Ralph W. Bayer, Jr.  nav
SSgt David W. Pitman  ng/tog
Cpl  Harry E. Mitchell  eng/tt gun
Cpl  George R. Bennett  r/o
Cpl  Myron E. Warner  btg
Cpl  Garland L. Joseph  wg
Cpl  Roy E. Toll  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Lt Bayer replaced F/O John D. Gross on the crew. SSgt Pitman was flying as nose gunner and togglier.

In the Dodrill crew photo, Bennett is standing, 3rd from left.

Service photo source:
www.100thbg.com/database/index/personnel

   
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