2LT Benjamin Rosen

2LT Benjamin Rosen

Birth
Death 15 Aug 1944
France
Burial Glendale, Queens County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 106210469 · View Source
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2nd/Lt. Benjamin Rosen KIA
Hometown: New York
Squadron: 856th Bomb Sq 492nd Bomb Gp
Service # O-762947
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
Pilot

Target: Night Leaflet Operation "Carpetbagger"
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#:
Date Lost: 15-Aug-44
Serial Number: 42-40172
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter: C
Aircraft Name: LYNN BARI II
Location: France
Cause: unknown 7 KIA

The 492d entered combat on 11 May 1944, and throughout the month operated primarily against industrial targets in central Germany. Attacked airfields and V-weapon launching sites in France during the first week in June. Bombed coastal defenses in Normandy on 6 June 1944 and attacked bridges, railroads, and other interdiction targets in France until the middle of the month. Resumed bombardment of strategic targets in Germany and, except for support of the infantry during the Saint-Lô breakthrough on 25 July 1944, continued such operations until August 1944 when after only 89 days of combat, the 492nd had lost 52 aircraft to enemy action, with 588 men killed or missing. In the words of one veteran, "the whole group was wiped out".
Rather than try to rebuild the shattered group, the 492nd was stood down and the surviving members were reassigned to other units in theater. Subsequently, the organization was transferred without personnel or equipment, to RAF Harrington on 5 August 1944 and assumed personnel, equipment, and the Carpetbagger special operations mission of the 801st Bombardment Group that was discontinued. With black-painted aircraft configured with engine flame dampeners and optimized for night operations, the group operated chiefly over southern France.

B24 42-40172 with Pilot Major William N. Anderson, was a veteran of "Operation Tidal Wave" the low level raid to destroy Romanian Oil fields flown by the 506 Squadron 44th Bomb group.


Inscription

2LT, 856 AAF BOMB SQ, 492 BOMB GP WORLD WAR II


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  • Created by: John Dowdy
  • Added: 5 Mar 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 106210469
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Benjamin Rosen (unknown–15 Aug 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 106210469, citing Mount Carmel Cemetery, Glendale, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .