Kenneth F. Bentz

Ken Bentz with machine gun
Ken Bentz with machine gun
Recent Address: 5418 Springtide Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17111
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Family Info: Parents: William and Florence: Wife: Bonnie: Children: George, Kenneth, John, Robert
Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
Date Entered Service: January 15, 1941
Service Number: 20324253
Bomb Group: 468th
Squadron: 793rd
Location of Unit: Salina, KS
Missions Flown: 35 (675 hours)
Hump Missions: 12
Targets: Nagoya (2), Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka (3), Kobe, Tomioka (2), Omuta, Tokohashi, Okayama, Kure, Takamatsu, Chiba, Sendai
Awards: 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: AAFTS-Buckley Field, CO ; AAFTS-Lowry Field, CO ; AAFTS-Lowry Field, Co Central Fire Control
MOS: MOS 580-Remote Control Turret Gunner (CFC)
Rank Upon Discharge: T/Sgt
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-6265 Raiden Maiden, 42-65276 Raiden Maiden II
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Date Discharged: October 18, 1945
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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 About the 58th: 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.
Comments: 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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