|This painting depicts a B-25 mission over Taiwan. Lt. Benjamin was likely lost on another mission near Taiwan.|
James Joseph Benjamin could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on March 16, 1917 in Missouri. His mother was also born in Missouri. His father was from Kansas and worked as a farmer on his own land. James had two older sisters. By 1940 Joseph had completed high school. He was still living with his parents while working as a salesman.
James became a 2nd lieutenant in the 405th Bombardment Squadron, 38th Bombardment Group which flew B-25 Mitchell bombers. Lt. Benjamin's unit had just moved from Pitoe Airfield in Morotai, Netherlands East Indies to Lingayen Airfield in Luzon, Philippines when he died on January 31, 1945. On that day the 38th Bomb Group sent a flight of B-25's to attack a destroyer convoy near Taiwan. If Lt. Benjamin was on this mission, he never made it back to base. Lt. Benjamin is counted among the missing whose remains never returned home.
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