LTC Louis L. “Lou” <I>Benini</I> Benne

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LTC Louis L. “Lou” Benini Benne

Birth
Quecreek, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
12 May 1978 (aged 56)
Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Add to Map
Plot
Sec: 11, Site: 247-1
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Lt. Col. Louis Benne, (USAF-Ret.), 56, Chief pilot-manager of flight operations for Sperry Flight Systems Division, died May 12, 1978, in Good Samaritan Hospital.

Col. Benne, 601 E. Boca Raton Road, enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1940. He flew 52 combat missions during World War ll and became an ace, earning the Silver Star for Gallantry, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 12 clusters.

He was shot down over Europe and was a prisoner of war of the Germans for 11 months.

After the war, Benne was squadron commander of drone operations during the Eniwetok Atol and Indian Springs, Nev., atom bomb tests. He retired in 1960 from the service and came to work for Sperry Rand in Phoenix. He pioneered the creation of the Flight Operations Department.

Col. Benne is a member of the American Fighter Aces Association, America's Bonanza Society, and Margarita Mosquito's flyng group.

He was named flight operations manager for Sperry in 1968.

Services will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N. Hayden Road.

Col. Benne will be buried after graveside services at 9:45 a.m. Thursday in Arlington Military Cemetery, Washington.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, sons, Robert, Ronald and Roger; his mother; a brother and three sisters.

Green Acres Mortuary made arrangements.
Lt. Col. Louis Benne, (USAF-Ret.), 56, Chief pilot-manager of flight operations for Sperry Flight Systems Division, died May 12, 1978, in Good Samaritan Hospital.

Col. Benne, 601 E. Boca Raton Road, enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1940. He flew 52 combat missions during World War ll and became an ace, earning the Silver Star for Gallantry, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 12 clusters.

He was shot down over Europe and was a prisoner of war of the Germans for 11 months.

After the war, Benne was squadron commander of drone operations during the Eniwetok Atol and Indian Springs, Nev., atom bomb tests. He retired in 1960 from the service and came to work for Sperry Rand in Phoenix. He pioneered the creation of the Flight Operations Department.

Col. Benne is a member of the American Fighter Aces Association, America's Bonanza Society, and Margarita Mosquito's flyng group.

He was named flight operations manager for Sperry in 1968.

Services will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N. Hayden Road.

Col. Benne will be buried after graveside services at 9:45 a.m. Thursday in Arlington Military Cemetery, Washington.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, sons, Robert, Ronald and Roger; his mother; a brother and three sisters.

Green Acres Mortuary made arrangements.

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Louis Benne
Lieutnant Colonel
United States Air Force
June 28 1921 May 12 1978

Gravesite Details

AF United States Air Force



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