Bennett, Dewayne (NMI)

Individual Personnel Data
Name Bennett, Dewayne (NMI), "Ben"
Rank Second Lieutenant / Captain
Serial Number O-753975
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 545th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #56 dated 24 March 1944
Duty Pilot
MOS1091 - Pilot, B-17
Last Duty Date 8 August 1944
Results Completed Tour, Returned to USA
Additional Information
  • Granted a seven day sick leave effective on or about 25 April 1944 per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #77 dated 25 April 1944.
  • Promoted to First Lieutenant on 5 May 1944. Microfilm record A0640-01592
  • Promoted to Captain in July 1944. Microfilm record A640-01601
Related Documents Smokestack Blue Leader, Slow Down! (0.538 MB)
Stories of a B-17 Pilot During WWII
2001 Veteran's History Project Oral History Interview
James Taff Interview by Ben Bennett (81.210 MB)
Remote WebpageStories of a B-17 Pilot During WWII
Photos of this Veteran signing the Wing PanelBennett Signing
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Bennett, Dewayne (NMI), "Ben"PilotCT
2nd Lt. Spiers, Paul RobertCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Rovero, Aldo JohnNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Burcham, Eugene EmmonsBombardierCT
S/SGT. Perrone, Michael JRadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. Holland, James AlvinEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Zelazoski, Bernard LeoBall Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Trumbo, James DonovanTail GunnerCT
SGT. Wyatt, Kenneth AinleyFlexible GunnerPOW
SGT. Gale, Verlin ClintonFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 31 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
86 9 April 1944 Target: FW-190 Fighter Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Marienburg, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97124 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back at 1003 hrs; could not locate formation due to bad weather. Bombs jettisoned in Channel due to malfunction of bomb bay doors.
Sortie Report
87 10 April 1944 Target: Evere Airfield (50°54'3"N 4°20'9"E)
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Brussels / Bruxelles, Belgium
Co-pilot 42‑38112 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
88 11 April 1944 Target: FW Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Sorau, Germany
Co-pilot 42‑97124 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
89 13 April 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Pilot 42‑97309 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
92 20 April 1944 Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Pilot 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
B Wing, High Group.
Sortie Report
93 22 April 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Pilot 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
94 24 April 1944 Target: Dornier-Werke GMBH Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Pilot 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
101 7 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Pilot 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy, lead group.
Sortie Report
102 8 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Pilot 42‑102430 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
104 9 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Thionville, France
Pilot 42‑97201 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑102430.
Sortie Report
105 11 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Saarbrücken and Ehrang, Germany
Pilot 42‑102442 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group, High Squadron Lead.
Sortie Report
107 13 May 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Components Factory.
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Poznań, Poland
Pilot 42‑102518 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron lead, low group, 40th CBW.
Sortie Report
108 15 May 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Mimoyecques, France
Pilot 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Group deputy.
Sortie Report
109 19 May 1944 Target: Unidentified Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Pilot 42‑37788 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group, Low Squadron Lead. Ground Spare aircraft; replaced 42‑97271.
Sortie Report
111 21 May 1944 Target: NOBALL (Supergun Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Mimoyecques, France
Pilot 42‑107148 Group B Deputy.
Sortie Report
113 23 May 1944 Target: Nancy/Essey Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Pilot 42‑107148 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group Deputy.
Sortie Report
115 25 May 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Sarreguemines and Blainville-sur-l'Eau, France
Pilot 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group Lead.
Sortie Report
119 29 May 1944 Target: Focke-Wulf Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Krzesiny District, Poznań, Poland
Pilot 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group, Wing Deputy.
Sortie Report
120 30 May 1944 Target: Airfield: Hangars and Repair Sheds
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Halberstadt, Germany
Pilot 42‑31484 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group Lead.
Sortie Report
126 5 June 1944 Target: Field Artillery Battery
Type: Military
Location: La Fosse, France
Pilot 42‑107148 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group Lead.
Sortie Report
127 6 June 1944 Target: Rocket Gun Installation
Type: Military
Location: 'Meuvaines' (actually, 1.3 miles SE of Crépon), France
Pilot 42‑107148 Combat Mission Credit
H Squadron lead.
Sortie Report
131 8 June 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards (41C) & Loire River Railroad Bridge (41D)
Type: Transportation
Location: Orleans, France
Pilot 42‑107148 Combat Mission Credit
41C Wing, Low Group Lead.
Sortie Report
134 13 June 1944 Target: Dreux Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Dreux, France
Pilot 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group Lead. Second Navigator: 2Lt Peterson (379th BG). Landed away at Polebrook, AAF Station 110, on return, due to bad weather.
Sortie Report
136 15 June 1944 Target: Railroad Viaduct
Type: Transportation
Location: La Possonnièrre, France
Commander 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
High Group Lead.
Sortie Report
137 16 June 1944 Target: Athies Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Laon, France
Pilot 42‑97824 Combat Mission Credit
Lead Group, Wing Lead.
Sortie Report
142 21 June 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Industrial Area
Type: Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Pilot 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
Low Group Lead.
Sortie Report
145 24 June 1944 Target: German Vacuum Oil Company
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Oslebshausen (Bremen area), Germany
Commander 42‑97687 Combat Mission Credit
High group lead, 41st B wing. PFF ship and unidentified crew members provided by the 305th BG, Chelveston, AAF Station 105.
Sortie Report
146 25 June 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge & Embankment
Type: Transportation
Location: Sens, France
Pilot 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead, 41st A wing.
Sortie Report
151 6 July 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Coubronne, France
Commander 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead.
Sortie Report
159 17 July 1944 Target: Beautor Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Beautor, France
Commander 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
High group lead.
Sortie Report
161 19 July 1944 Target: Hydrogen Peroxide Plant
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Höllriegelskreuth District, Pullach, Germany
Commander 42‑97960 Combat Mission Credit
Low group lead.
Sortie Report
163 21 July 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
Pilot 42‑3441 Assembly ship; remainder of crew not listed on mission documents.
Sortie Report
169 1 August 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Chartres, France
Pilot 42‑97941 Combat Mission Credit
Wing Lead.
Sortie Report
175 8 August 1944 Target: Tactical - Enemy Strong Points
Type: Military
Location: Bretteville-sur-Laize, France
Pilot 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
Wing lead.
Sortie Report

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