looking for info on Corporal j benkel

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  1. matt seabrook

    matt seabrook New Member

    I am writing a book "they flew amongst our clouds" the history of Atcham Airfield 1941-1945. I have come upon a name i want a little help with, Cpl Joseph Benkel 551 sqn.
    On 20th April 1944 he died.

    All i want to know is how did he die?
    how old was he ?
    what was his job ?

    in presuming he was ground crew for 551 sqn.
    any help on this will be amazing and will close this part of research.
    if any one knows of a relative or friend who served and trained at Atcham, their stories will be interesting to know.
    look forward to hearing from you all.

    ive been researching Atcham since 2000 and its finally getting close to final hurdle.
     
  2. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member

    According to his enlistment record he was born in 1919 so he was approximately 25, depending on what month he was born. You could always order a copy of his IDPF report to find out the details of his death.


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  3. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

    He "drowned in service at Shrewsbury, England" according to this.

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  4. matt seabrook

    matt seabrook New Member

    Thank you both, the drowning part helps cross reference against a newspaper article I found saying a US airman died saving two children. No names were given at time
     
  5. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

    Can you post the article?
     
  6. ian ford

    ian ford New Member

    Matt.
    Look forward to seeing you're book. I'm only about 30 miles from Atcham and visit regularly. Always been a favourite group the 495th. Please post when the books in the printers and I will be sure to order one
    Ian Ford
     
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