The Photo Request has been fulfilled.

 
Sgt Robert F Behnke

Sgt Robert F Behnke

Birth
New York, USA
Death 16 Aug 1944 (aged 21)
Germany
Burial Elmira, Chemung County, New York, USA
Plot G, 0, 4529
Memorial ID 348376 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Robert's headstone displays the wrong information for him. Aviation Cadets were not sent overseas nor were they awarded the "Distinguished Flying Cross" during World War II.

Son of Henry A. Behnke & Minnie H. Behnke.

Robert served as a Technical Sergeant & Radio Operator on B-17G #43-37693, 369th Bomber Squadron, 306th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided at 51 Kirk Drive, Rochester, Monroe County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on January 16, 1943 in Rochester, New York. He was noted as being Single, without dependents.

Robert was "Killed In Action" when his B-17, after being hit by enemy flak which cause two engines to catch fire, crashed near Leipzig, Germany during the war. He was awarded a "Distinguished Flying Cross", Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart.

He was originally interred in Belgium and was later repatriated here on April 5, 1950.

Service # 32675478

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Airmen who perished on B-17G #43-37693:

Behnke, Robert F ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, New York
Ralstin, Eldon L ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, Indiana

The rest of the crew all became POW's.

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 348376
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Robert F Behnke (23 Jul 1923–16 Aug 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 348376, citing Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, Chemung County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .