New England Air Museum
Kenneth F. Bentz

Ken Bentz with machine gun

Recent Address:

5418 Springtide Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17111


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Family Information:

Parents: William and Florence: Wife: Bonnie: Children: George, Kenneth, John, Robert


Harrisburg, PA

Date Entered Service:

January 15, 1941

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Salina, KS

Missions Flown:

35 (675 hours)

Hump Missions Flown:



Nagoya (2), Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka (3), Kobe, Tomioka (2), Omuta, Tokohashi, Okayama, Kure, Takamatsu, Chiba, Sendai


Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal with 6 Bronze Stars

Service Schools Attended:

AAFTS-Buckley Field, CO ; AAFTS-Lowry Field, CO ; AAFTS-Lowry Field, Co Central Fire Control

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 580-Remote Control Turret Gunner (CFC)

Rank Upon Discharge:


Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-6265 Raiden Maiden, 42-65276 Raiden Maiden II

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:

October 18, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Owner: Floor Covering Retail Store; President, Susquehanna Township Lions Club; President, Tri-County Crippled Children & Adults Assoc.; Elder, Progress Immanuel Presbyterian Church

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Ken was very busy regaining civilian life, being married, having four sons, beginning and being successful owning his own business. He mentioned rarely his wartime experiences and really died before it was considered proper to talk about them. It was his family's loss.


Ken died on August 19, 1977 from complications following knee replacement due to arthritis.  He is buried at East Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, PA


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