Staff Sergeant George R. Bennett was assigned to the 351st Bomber Squadron, 100th Bomber Group H flying a B-17 out of Thorp Abbots, England. He was missing in action and given a Finding of Death 10 January 1945. He is listed on the Tablets of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England.

Aircraft B-17G with serial number 42-37936 was on an operational mission to Cologne. The aircraft was last seen at 1228 headed toward Belgium with BB doors open. BB doors had been open since target time. All engines were operating. A/C seemed to be in no trouble.

Crew members
Pilot, 1st Lt John J. Dodrill
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Davis S. Williams
Navigator, 1st Lt Ralph W. Bayer
Bombardier, Sgt David W. Pitman
Radio Operator, S/Sgt George R. Bennett
Engineer, S/Sgt Harry E. Mitchell
Ball Turret Gunner, Sgt Myron E. Warner
Waist Gunner, Sgt Garland L. Joseph
Tail Gunner, Sgt Roy E. Toll

The Kingsport Times-news,  11 February 1945
Cpl. Robert F. Bennett and S/Sgt George R. Bennett are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Bennett, 339 Center Street, and both are graduates of Dobyns-Bennett High School. Sergeant George Bennett, who has been reported missing in action over Germany since January 10, entered the Army Air Corps July 1, 1943, following his graduation and went overseas in October 1944, as radio operator and gunner aboard a B-17. Cpl. Robert Bennett, who graduated from the high school in January 1944, and entered the Air Corps, March 17 of that year, is stationed at Great Bend, Kansas, as a B-29 gunner.

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Date of death: 10 January 1945
  • County: Sullivan
  • Hometown: Kingsport
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 351st Bomber Squadron, 100th Bomber Group, Heavy
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XVIII, Top Panel
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