Claude E. Benseman

Claude Benseman, WWII
Claude Benseman, WWII
Recent Address: 194 Plantation Avenue, Tavernier, FL 33070
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Family Info: 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: Approximately 20
Targets: Bangkok, Anshan, Okayama, Omura, Rangoon, Singapore, Mukden, Hankow, Kuala Lumpur, Jahore Straits, O Shima, Kobe, Tokyo, Osaka, Kure, Chiba
Awards: 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: Airplane Mechanics Oct 1941; B-29 Armament Mar 1943; Flight Engineer
MOS: MOS 1684-Airplane Power Plant Mechanic-Gunner
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Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-24584 Lucky Lady
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Date Transferred from the 58th: July 18, 1945
Date Discharged: October 17, 1945
Post WWII Service:
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Pilot, Delta Airlines -- 30 years -- 1952-82
Thoughts About the 58th: 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 checking a prop
Claude Benseman C. 2000
Claude Benseman C. 2000

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