New England Air Museum
Wilfred "Bill" J. Benoit

 

Recent Address:  

7 Colonial Drive, Waterford, CT 06385

Email:  

 

Family Information:  

Parents: Joseph and Clair; Wife: Helen; Children: Wilfred, Kristine and Troy

Hometown:  

New London, CT

Date Entered Service:  

January, 1944

Service Number:  

31409130

Bomb Group:  

462nd

Squadron:  

768th

Location of Unit:  

Piardoba, India (January, 1945)

Missions Flown:  

In India we flew three photo recon missions - one over Singapore. Around March we went to Tinian - flew 15 missions over Japan. Also flew over Battleship Missouri at surrender. In June 1945 we flew war weary B-29 from Iwo Jima to California and attended lead crew school at Muroc Dry Lake during the month of July. Returned to Tinian in August.

Hump Missions Flown:  

 

Targets:  

 

Awards/Decorations:  

Air Medal

Service Schools Attended:   Basic Training, Biloxi, MS Win 1944; Power Turret and CFC School, Denver Spr 1944; Flight Training, Clovis, NM Sum-Fall 1944
Military Specialty(ies):  

Central Fire Control Officer

Rank Upon Discharge:  

S/Sgt

Crew Type:  

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:  

42-63480 Dream Girl, 42-63506 Untouchable, 42-63393 Rush Order

Were you a POW?  

No

Were you interned?  

No

Date Transferred from the 58th:  

 

Date Discharged from the 58th:  

November 25, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:  

 

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

I was in the men's clothing business (Benoit's) for 45 years. Retired in 1995.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

I met people from all walks of life and had to get along with all of them. When I left the service I was a much more humble person than when I entered it.

Comments:

Mr. Benoit passed away December 20, 2012.

 


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