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LT  Luther G. BENNETT

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P

Luther Bennett (photo courtesy of Luther Bennett and Jan Zdiarsky)

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 28 SEP 44 MERSEBURG

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
   Lt Luther G.Bennett                           P  CPT  28/9/44 MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY
  Lt Charles J.  Baker                            CP  NOC  Replaced by Lt Maier from Lt Woodall Crew)
  Lt Donald R.Gillis                              NAV  CPT  3/10/44 LUDWIGBURG, ILLESHEIM,NUNRBURGS
 Lt Alvin Christopher                          BOM  CPT
 T/Sgt John D.Cannon                       ROG  CPT  2/11/44 MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY
 T/Sgt Harrison "Haircut" Roach,Jr.       TTE  CPT  2/10/44 KASSEL, AERO ENGINE
 S/Sgt Frederick A.Kirchubel                BTG  CPT
 S/Sgt Arthur W.Flowers                     WG  KIA  10/4/45 BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG(With crew of L.L.Bazin)  
 S/Sgt Robert B.Crooks                       WG  CPT  28/9/44 MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY
 S/Sgt Salvatore J.Guido                      TG  CPT  28/9/44 MERSEBURG, OIL REFINERY

351st Sqdn. Crew,as above,joined 100th BG on  22/5/44    See letter from H.Roach dated 20/11/87.

1st Lt A.R. Christovich (Nav) flew some missions with this Crew.
Sgt Kovach flew as NG/TOGG on the last two missions of this Crew on Sept 27th mission to Mainz and on Sept 28th to Merseburg. 
T/SGT GIACOMELLI  (WG) from Lt Darby's Crew flew 6 missions with this crew as ROG. (see Missions below)
Lt C.J. Baker (CP) flew with this Crew until July 8, 1944, then flew missions as CP with Lt H.W. Woodall. 
Lt. Donald Maier (CP) from Lt H. W. Woodall Crew replaced Lt Baker on July 17, 1944.

This Crew flew 42-107233 EP-N  "HUMPTY DUMPTY" 

According to Ray Bowdens book "Plane Names and Bloody Noses…100th Bomb Group this crew flew their first mission in HUMPTY DUMPTY on July 18, 1944 to Kiel.  Between then and Septmeber 28th, this crew flew 20 missions in this aircraft.  Missions included:

Kiel-July 18, 1944
Merseburg-July 29, 1944
Munich-July 31, 1944
Hamburg-Aug 4, 1944
Magdeburg-Aug 5, 1944
Berlin-Aug 6, 1944, 
Ludwigshaven-Aug 14, 1944
Warsaw Supply Drop, Sept 18, 1944 (Second Russian Shuttle Mission)
Szolnok (Hungary) Sept 19, 1944
Merseburg Sept 28, 1944

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Missions of Lt Luther G. Bennett

Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target
6/11/1944 62 -137 BENNETT L.G. LT CP 107007 BERCK SUR MER (S.DEF)
6/14/1944 57 -139 BENNETT L.G. LT P 31256 LE CULOT (AIR FIELD)
6/18/1944 59 -141 BENNETT L.G. LT CP 107007 BRUNSBUTTELKOOG
6/20/1944 57 -143 BENNETT L.G. LT P 102667 FALLERSLEBEN
6/21/1944 57 -144 BENNETT L.G. LT P 31767 BASDORF & RUHLAND
7/4/1944   67 152 BENNETT L.G. LT P 31412 GIEN (RECALLED)
7/7/1944   57 155 BENNETT L.G. LT P 38047 BOHLEN/MERSEBURG
7/8/1944   57 156 BENNETT L.G. LT P 97126 CLAMECY-JOLGYN
7/13/1944 57 159 BENNETT L.G. LT P  MUNICH (JET ENGINES)
7/14/1944 57 160 BENNETT L.G. LT P 37936 SOUTH OF FRANCE
7/17/1944 57 161 BENNETT L.G. LT P 31412 AUXERRE & MONTGOURNOY
7/18/1944 57 162 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 KIEL & HEMMINGSTADT
7/19/1944 57 163 BENNETT L.G. LT P 39867 SCHWEINFURT & DUREN
7/20/1944 57 164 BENNETT L.G. LT P 37251 MERSEBURG
7/21/1944 57 165 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 REGENSBURG
7/24/1944 57 166 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 ST LO (GND SUPPORT)
7/29/1944 57 169 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 MERSEBURG
7/31/1944 57 170 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 MUNICH (AERO ENGINES)
8/2/1944   57 171 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 TERGNIER/LAFERE
8/3/1944   57 172 BENNETT L.G. LT P 97230 TROYES (RAIL YARD)
8/4/1944   57 173 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 HAMBURG (OIL)
8/5/1944   57 174 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 MAGDEBURG
8/6/1944   57 175 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 BERLIN
8/14/1944 57 180 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL)
8/15/1944 57 181 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 VENLO
8/24/1944 57 183 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 RUHLAND (OIL)
8/26/1944 57 185 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 BREST
8/27/1944 57 186 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 BERLIN (RECALL)
9/9/1944   57 192 BENNETT L.G. LT P 31708 DUSSELDORF
9/10/1944 57 193 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 NURNBURG
9/11/1944 57 194 BENNETT L.G. LT P 37812 RUHLAND (OIL)
9/12/1944 57 195 BENNETT L.G. LT P 97126 MAGDEBERG (OIL)
9/13/1944 57 196 BENNETT L.G. LT P 39867 SINDELFINGEN
9/18/1944 57 197 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 WARSAW
9/19/1944 57 198 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 SZOLNOK (FROM RUSSIA)
9/25/1944 02 199 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 LUDWIGSHAVEN
9/27/1944 57 201 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 MAINZ
9/28/1944 57 202 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 MERSEBERG

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S/Sgt Arthur W. Flowers Missions with Lt Bennett Crew:  (mpf 2001)

1. 14/6/44  LeCulot,             A/C 42-31256  King Bee II EP-S
2. 20/6/44  Fallersleben         A/C 42-102667 Yankee Wahine EP-J
3. 21/6/44  Basdorf/Ruhland  A/C 42-31767 Our Gal Sal EP-E
4.  4/7/44  Gien (Recalled)     A/C 42-31412 Mason and Dixon EP-G
5.  7/7/44  Bohlen/Merseburg   A/C 42-38047 Fever Beaver EP-O
6.  8/7/44  Clamecy               A/C 42-97126 The Latest Rumor EP-D
7. 13/7/44  Munich
8. 14/7/44  South of France     A/C 42-37936 All American Girl EP-M (recalled)
9. 17/7/44  Auxerre            A/C 42-32412 Mason and Dixon EP-G
10. 18/7/44  Kiel                 A/C 42-107233  EP-N Humpty Dumpty
11. 19/7/44  Schweinfurt       A/C 42-39867 EP-E 
12. 20/7/44  Merseburg         A/C 42-107233 EP-N Humpty Dumpty
13. 21/744  St Lo (ground support) A/C 42-107233 EP-N Humpty Dumpty

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MISSIONS OF T/SGT GIACOMELLI WITH LT L.G. BENNETT CREW

8/5/1944 57 174 GILLIS D.R LT NAV 107233 MAGDEBURG
8/5/1944 57 174 HOLTZ A.J. LT BOM 107233 MAGDEBURG
8/5/1944 57 174 GIACOMELLI R.W. T/SGT ROG 107233 MAGDEBURG
8/5/1944 57 174 ROACH H. S/SGT TTE 107233 MAGDEBURG
8/5/1944 57 174 KIRCHHUBEL F.A. SGT BTG 107233 MAGDEBURG
8/5/1944 57 174 CROOKE R.B. S/SGT LWG 107233 MAGDEBURG
8/5/1944 57 174 GUIDO S.J. S/SGT TG 107233 MAGDEBURG
8/5/1944 57 174 MAIER D.C. LT CP 107233 MAGDEBURG
8/5/1944 57 174 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 MAGDEBURG

8/6/1944 57 175 GILLIS D.R LT NAV 107233 BERLIN
8/6/1944 57 175 GUIDO S.J. S/SGT TG 107233 BERLIN
8/6/1944 57 175 CROOKE R.B. S/SGT LWG 107233 BERLIN
8/6/1944 57 175 KIRCHHUBEL F.A. SGT BTG 107233 BERLIN
8/6/1944 57 175 ROACH H. S/SGT TTE 107233 BERLIN
8/6/1944 57 175 HOLTZ A.J. LT BOM 107233 BERLIN
8/6/1944 57 175 MAIER D.C. LT CP 107233 BERLIN
8/6/1944 57 175 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 BERLIN
8/6/1944 57 175 GIACOMELLI R.W. T/SGT ROG 107233 BERLIN

8/14/1944 57 180 ROACH H. S/SGT TTE 107233 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL)
8/14/1944 57 180 CROOKE R.B. S/SGT LWG 107233 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL)
8/14/1944 57 180 GUIDO S.J. S/SGT TG 107233 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL)
8/14/1944 57 180 KIRCHHUBEL F.A. SGT BTG 107233 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL)
8/14/1944 57 180 HOLTZ A.J. LT BOM 107233 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL)
8/14/1944 57 180 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL)
8/14/1944 57 180 GILLIS D.R LT NAV 107233 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL)
8/14/1944 57 180 MAIER D.C. LT CP 107233 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL)
8/14/1944 57 180 GIACOMELLI R.W. T/SGT ROG 107233 LUDWIGHSAVEN (OIL)

8/15/1944 57 181 GIACOMELLI R.W. T/SGT ROG 107233 VENLO
8/15/1944 57 181 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 VENLO
8/15/1944 57 181 CROOKE R.B. S/SGT LWG 107233 VENLO
8/15/1944 57 181 ROACH H. S/SGT TTE 107233 VENLO
8/15/1944 57 181 GUIDO S.J. S/SGT TG 107233 VENLO
8/15/1944 57 181 HOLTZ A.J. LT BOM 107233 VENLO
8/15/1944 57 181 GILLIS D.R LT NAV 107233 VENLO
8/15/1944 57 181 MAIER D.C. LT CP 107233 VENLO
8/15/1944 57 181 KIRCHHUBEL F.A. SGT BTG 107233 VENLO

8/24/1944 57 183 ROACH H. S/SGT TTE 107233 RUHLAND (OIL)
8/24/1944 57 183 GUIDO S.J. S/SGT TG 107233 RUHLAND (OIL)
8/24/1944 57 183 CROOKE R.B. S/SGT LWG 107233 RUHLAND (OIL)
8/24/1944 57 183 KIRCHHUBEL F.A. SGT BTG 107233 RUHLAND (OIL)
8/24/1944 57 183 GIACOMELLI R.W. T/SGT ROG 107233 RUHLAND (OIL)
8/24/1944 57 183 HOLTZ A.J. LT BOM 107233 RUHLAND (OIL)
8/24/1944 57 183 GILLIS D.R LT NAV 107233 RUHLAND (OIL)
8/24/1944 57 183 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 RUHLAND (OIL)
8/24/1944 57 183 MAIER D.C. LT CP 107233 RUHLAND (OIL)

8/26/1944 57 185 KIRCHHUBEL F.A. SGT BTG 107233 BREST
8/26/1944 57 185 GUIDO S.J. S/SGT TG 107233 BREST
8/26/1944 57 185 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 BREST
8/26/1944 57 185 CROOKE R.B. S/SGT LWG 107233 BREST
8/26/1944 57 185 GIACOMELLI R.W. T/SGT ROG 107233 BREST
8/26/1944 57 185 HOLTZ A.J. LT BOM 107233 BREST
8/26/1944 57 185 MAIER D.C. LT CP 107233 BREST
8/26/1944 57 185 ROACH H. S/SGT TTE 107233 BREST
8/26/1944 57 185 GILLIS D.R LT NAV 107233 BREST

8/27/1944 57 186 HOLTZ A.J. LT BOM 107233 BERLIN (RECALL)
8/27/1944 57 186 GUIDO S.J. S/SGT TG 107233 BERLIN (RECALL)
8/27/1944 57 186 CROOKE R.B. S/SGT LWG 107233 BERLIN (RECALL)
8/27/1944 57 186 KIRCHHUBEL F.A. SGT BTG 107233 BERLIN (RECALL)
8/27/1944 57 186 GIACOMELLI R.W. T/SGT ROG 107233 BERLIN (RECALL)
8/27/1944 57 186 GILLIS D.R LT NAV 107233 BERLIN (RECALL)
8/27/1944 57 186 MAIER D.C. LT CP 107233 BERLIN (RECALL)
8/27/1944 57 186 BENNETT L.G. LT P 107233 BERLIN (RECALL)
8/27/1944 57 186 ROACH H. S/SGT TTE 107233 BERLIN (RECALL)

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: DATE:  
AIRCRAFT: CAUSE:  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 This group of 100th airmen are identified only as the Luther Bennett Crew. Blain Crooks is Standing third from the left. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) also in Photo is Col John Bennett standing fat left and John Hermann kneeling 2nd from Right 

 Luther G. Bennett crew. From left; Robert B. Crooks, Luther G. Bennett, Donald R. Gills, Robert Baker, Bee Baker, Harrison Roach, Jr., Frederick A. Kirchubel, Arthur W. Flowers, Bill Bennett, (Pilots brother) and Lt. Kristovich. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Happy Time - A lighter moment for the Luther G. Bennett Crew. Bennett Crew Information (100th Photo Archives) 

2nd Lt Luther Bennett Crew Paperwork being assigned overseas. From Lt Charles Cowing collection

Members of the Luther Bennett crew stateside (photo courtesy of Luther Bennett and Jan Zdiarsky)

Luther Bennett escape and evasion photo (photo courtesy of Luther Bennett and Jan Zdiarsky)

Luther Bennett (photo courtesy of Luther Bennett and Jan Zdiarsky)

Luther G. Bennett at Thorpe Abbotts (photo courtesy of Jan Zdiarsky)

 

SERVED IN:

Crew 1

Crew 2

Crew 3

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