Patrick D. Benker, Daughter Patricia 1943

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I am in the process of collecting info. for Dad's bio. like many Ex-POW's Dad was one of the silent, who never talked about the dreadful experience.However,I will do the best I can to honor his memory and those who helped him survive the experience.I continue to search for anyone who assisted Dad as he was in a body cast and later the leg would not heal,during the walk from,(StalagIV)I know there are Ex-POW's I would like to thank for my father.Patricia

My Message to Future Generations: Until I can find Dad's note. God Bless Our American Ex-POW's each one of you who gave so much for the Freedoms we enjoy today.May we your children be there for you now, what ever your needs may be,as you have been there for eachother all these years. Crew Members: (Front Row from left to right) Shannon , Lucian G., Radio Gunner - Palmer, Raymond T., Tail Gunner - Coleman, Lester, K, Ball Turret Gunner - Hamm, Morton W. , Right Waist Gunner BACK ROW (from left to right) Hawkins, Charles, W, Radio Operator - Schock, George W. , Co Pilot - MacPhail, Phillip R., Pilot - Garrett, James P. , Bombardier - Benker, Patrick D. , 1st Aerial Engineer, Gunner - Kranick, Martin e., Navigator 8th Airforce 384th BG 576 BS

Patrick D. Benker, Daughter Patricia 1943