Benko, George E., 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
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Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1945, USAAF 8th Army Air Force
Service Years
1942 - 1945


First Lieutenant

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Home Town
Cleveland, Ohio
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Casualty Date
Mar 07, 1945
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WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
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USAAF 8th Army Air Force
  1942-1945, USAAF 8th Army Air Force
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  1943-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
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Killed when B-24 42-51343, Shazam, crashed after takeoff in cloudy weather with heavy icing. Cause not determined. There were no survivors.

1st Lt. George E. Benko, O-714616, Co-Pilot, B-24 "Shazam," 564th Bomber Squadron, 389th Bomber Group (H), 8th Air Force. Killed in Action on 7 March 1945 when his B-24 Bomber crashed on take-off at Old Costessey, England. Born on 19 November 1921, he entered the service from Ohio.

1st Lt. Benko was a member of the crew of Lt. Dale E. Williams on the aircraft "Shazam." Their target for the day was the Soest Marshaling Yards. They crashed shortly after take off in cloudy weather with heavy icing. Because no one survived the crash and the weather clouded the crash from the view of other aircraft and civilians on the ground, the exact cause of the crash was never determined. Three witnesses on the ground saw the aircraft moments before it hit the ground. All said that the aircraft was on fire when it broke through the low clouds and that the plane appeared to level off before the right wing broke off the aircraft and the fuselage crashed into the ground and exploded. The photos are of the crash scene. They were taken as part of the accident investigation.
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