Wilfred 'Bill' J. Benoit

Recent Address: 7 Colonial Drive, Waterford, CT 06385
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Family Info: 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
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Awards: Air Medal
Service Schools: Basic Training, Biloxi, MS Win 1944; Power Turret and CFC School, Denver Spr 1944; Flight Training, Clovis, NM Sum-Fall 1944
MOS: 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
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Date Discharged: November 25, 1945
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Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): I was in the men's clothing business (Benoit's) for 45 years. Retired in 1995.
Thoughts About the 58th: 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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