Bentzlin, Conrad Frank, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1056-Pilot, Two-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 82nd Fighter Group
Service Years
1941 - 1943
Foreign Language(s)
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Last Address
Berteaux Airfield, Algeria

Casualty Date
Apr 17, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Mediterranean Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Sicily-Rome, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing

 Official Badges 

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  2015, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments
97th Fighter Squadron82nd Fighter Group
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1056, 97th Fighter Squadron
  1943-1943, 82nd Fighter Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  1937-1941, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  
  1942-1943, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
His P-38 was shot down by German Bf-109 pilot Franz Stigler on Apr 16, 1943 off the west coast of Marettimo Island, Sicily. Stigler saw him parachute out, land in the sea, and get into his life raft, and then radioed an Italian rescue unit to  give Lt. Bentzlin's location. He would have become a POW had he been rescued but he was not found. The next day other P-38 pilots saw him waving from his raft but they were not able to get any American units to rescue him. He was never seen again. His death date given here is approximate. He was officially declared dead Apr 17, 1944. 
His younger brother, 1st Lt Carl G. Bentzlin, a B-24 navigator, was killed in action in Austria Mar 22, 1945.
Enlistment record
Book: "A Higher Call", by Adam Makos with Larry Alexander, Berkely Caliber Books, 2012, pp 105-107.
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