Benker, Patrick Dennis

Individual Personnel Data
Name Benker, Patrick Dennis   
Rank Private / Technical Sergeant
Serial Number 6871687   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 546th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #99 dated 19 September 1943
Duty Engineer / Top Turret Gunner / Flexible Gunner
MOS748 - Army Airplane Mechanic / Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last Duty Date 9 April 1944
Results Prisoner Of War
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16
Additional Information
  • Promoted from Private to Sergeant on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #134 dated 2 November 1943.
  • Placed on seven days Detached Service to Moulsford Manor near Chelsey, Berkshire (a Flak house) on 7 January 1944 per 546th Bomb Squadron Morning Report dated 7 January 1944.
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 3653 (14.958 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. MacPhail, Philip RayPilotCT
2nd Lt. Schock, George William, "Bill"Co-pilotPOW
2nd Lt. Kranick, Martin EverettNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Garrett, James PatrickBombardierTBD
S/SGT. Hawkins, Charles JosephRadio Operator / GunnerPOW
PVT. Benker, Patrick DennisEngineer / Top Turret GunnerPOW
SGT. Coleman, Lester KennethBall Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Palmer, Raymond ThomasTail GunnerTBD
S/SGT. Hamm, Morton WashingtonFlexible GunnerPOW
S/SGT. Shannon, Lucian GlenroieFlexible GunnerKIA

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 23 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
29 8 October 1943 Target: Workshops
Type: Submarine Facility
Location: Bremen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑30026 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
30 9 October 1943 Target: Aircraft Factories
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Anklam, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑3051 Combat Mission Credit
Aircraft sustained severe battle damage, with 42 holes in critical positions. It did not fly again until December 13.
Sortie Report
31 10 October 1943 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Münster, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑29554 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Metfield due to weather.
Sortie Report
33 20 October 1943 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Düren, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑30005 Aborted mission after taking off.
Sortie Report
34 3 November 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Wilhelmshafen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 41‑24578 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
35 5 November 1943 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑5404 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
39 1 December 1943 Target: Non-Ferrous Metals Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Solingen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑31211 Aborted mission after taking off.
Low Squadron. Aborted due to excessive icing (3/4' on wings, etc.); aircraft stalled and went into a spiral.
Sortie Report
40 5 December 1943 Target: Fighter Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Saint-Jean-d'Angély, France
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑31211 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
41 11 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Emden, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑5838 Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑37848. Because of the delay in changing ships, unable to locate formation.
Sortie Report
43 16 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑29935 Aborted mission after taking off.
Group deputy; turned back over Molesworth at 0950 hrs because #1 engine ran very rough and had to be feathered.
Sortie Report
44 20 December 1943 Target: Port Area/Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑31211 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
46 24 December 1943 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Croisette, France
Engineer/Top Turret 42‑31211 Combat Mission Credit
Composite group.
Sortie Report
48 31 December 1943 Target: Blockade Runner 'Orsone' (name of ship)
Type: Transportation
Location: [Mouth of River Garonne], France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31211 Combat Mission Credit
Landed away at Kimbolton; bombs jettisoned.
Sortie Report
50 5 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37848 Combat Mission Credit
Aborted mission after taking off.
High Squadron lead; turned back over Denmark at 1120 hrs because #2 supercharger was running away; jettisoned bombs in North Sea
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31211 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group Deputy.
Sortie Report
59 5 February 1944 Target: Bricy Aerodrome, Luftwaffe Training and Bomber Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Orleans, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31211 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
64 21 February 1944 Target: Fighter Field & Aircraft Storage Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Werl, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37848 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead, lead group.
Sortie Report
65 22 February 1944 Target: Aircraft Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt & Aschersleben, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑30026 Combat Mission Credit
41B Group Deputy.
Sortie Report
66 24 February 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37848 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead, low group.
Sortie Report
69 2 March 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant and Machine Shop
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31211 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group, low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
70 3 March 1944 Target: Roller-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑38014 Aborted mission after taking off.
Group deputy. Aborted because of carburetor icing.
Sortie Report
73 8 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37848 Aborted mission after taking off.
High Squadron deputy. Turned back at 1000 hrs because a gasket in #1 prop dome was put in incorrectly and leaked oil. Landed away at Molesworth.
Sortie Report
74 9 March 1944 Target: Heinkel Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31211 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
75 16 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑38014 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead, composite high group, 41st A Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
76 18 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97142 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
77 19 March 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-2 Storage and Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Wizernes, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31211 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
80 23 March 1944 Target: Airdrome and Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Gütersloh, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31211 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead, lead group.
Sortie Report
81 24 March 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31211 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
86 9 April 1944 Target: FW-190 Fighter Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Marienburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31740 Combat Mission Credit
Hit by flak at 1546 hrs; left wing root on fire; the aircraft was seen circling under control and 10 chutes emerged; crashed east of Schleswig, Germany.
Sortie Report

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