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Claude E. Benseman


Claude Benseman, WWII

Recent Address:

194 Plantation Avenue, Tavernier, FL 33070

Email:

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Family Information:

Parents: Claude C. and Helen.

Hometown:

Pottsville, PA

Date Entered Service:

October 8, 1941

Service Number:

13029401

Bomb Group:

444th

Squadron:

678th

Location of Unit:

 

Missions Flown:

35

Hump Missions Flown:

Approximately 20

Targets:

Bangkok, Anshan, Okayama, Omura, Rangoon, Singapore, Mukden, Hankow, Kuala Lumpur, Jahore Straits, O Shima, Kobe, Tokyo, Osaka, Kure, Chiba

Awards/Decorations:

Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars

Service Schools Attended:

Airplane Mechanics Oct 1941; B-29 Armament Mar 1943; Flight Engineer

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 1684-Airplane Power Plant Mechanic-Gunner

Rank Upon Discharge:

 

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-24584 Lucky Lady

Were you a POW?

No

Were you interned?

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:

July 18, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

October 17, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Pilot, Delta Airlines -- 30 years -- 1952-82

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

To a kid who was "hooked" on airplanes from day one, being with a new high tech, state-of-the-art, "before its time" aircraft was to be proud and honored. Also being part of the first outfit to take the airplane into combat was awesome. I saw a lot of the world through the blister of a B-29 -- China, Burma, India, the Pacific, Japan, Manchuria, Malaysia, Thailand, Indo-China, Sumatra, Formosa, etc.

Comments:

Mr. Benseman passed away on October 22, 2009 and is buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, PA.

 


Claude checking a prop

 


Claude Benseman C. 2000

 


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