Benefiel, Orville Eugene

Individual Personnel Data
Name Benefiel, Orville Eugene   
Rank Sergeant / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 35893468   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 547th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #144 dated 22 July 1944
Duty Tail Gunner
MOS611 - Aerial Gunner
Last Duty Date 16 August 1944
Results Killed In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana
Additional Information
  • Promoted to Staff Sergeant per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #163 dated 14 August 1944.
  • Died of anoxia sustained during combat mission on 16 August 1944. KIA report in squadron history (microfilm A0641-00235) and crew Tactical Interrogation Form (S-2 files).
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album

Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
1st Lt. Bean, Donald W, "Beano"PilotCT
2nd Lt. Peterson, Harlan DaleCo-pilotPOW
2nd Lt. Jones, Albert EugeneNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Frazier, William Edward, Jr, "DOC"BombardierCT
S/SGT. Albro, Paul WillardRadio Operator / GunnerWIA
S/SGT. Nastick, Henry PeteEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Casper, Delmar RulonBall Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Benefiel, Orville EugeneTail GunnerKIA
SGT. Gordon, Omar Leslie, JrFlexible GunnerCT
SGT. Steinberg, William HermanFlexible GunnerCT

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 7 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
168 31 July 1944 Target: Aero Engine Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑6105 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
170 3 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury, Flers, Fiefs, France
Tail Gunner 43‑37843 Combat Mission Credit
I Group.
Sortie Report
171 4 August 1944 Target: Rocket Research & Development Complex
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Peenemünde, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
High Group Hot Camera Ship.
Sortie Report
173 5 August 1944 Target: Luftwaffe Controlling Station
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Langenhagen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 43‑37843 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy, lead group.
Sortie Report
179 13 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Road Network
Type: Transportation
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger (area), France
Tail Gunner 43‑37843 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
180 14 August 1944 Target: Echterdingen Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑37843 Combat Mission Credit
High group.
Sortie Report
181 16 August 1944 Target: Delitzsch Air Field and Air Equipment Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Delitzsch, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑38208 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead, lead group. Landed away at Thorpe Abbotts, AAF Station 139, on return due to battle damage.
Sortie Report

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