CREW MEMBER PROFILE

Surname:

BENOIT

First Name/s:

Eugene Marchildon

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Service No/s:

R166136 J90039

Service:

RCAF

Branch:

Navigator

Awards:

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SERVICE RECORDS

Date

Event

Aircraft Flown

Set Rank from Flight Record

25 Nov 1943

Joined 576 Sqn at Elsham Wolds, Linconshire

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576 Squadron FLYING RECORDS

Date

Aircraft

Code

Flight Details

T/O

Land

Flt Time

Crew

LL799

UL-N2

AULNOYE

2350

0420

4h30

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt G.H. Barton
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Road and rail bridge near the marshalling yards at Aulnoye-Aymeries. Low cloud obscured the Target Indicators however this crew successfully bombed at 0148 from 8,000 ft. Pickup: 'Uneventful'.

04 Jun 1944

ME811

UL-S2

Training

2250

0225

3h35

P1    C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt G.H. Barton
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Night cross-country navigation

07 Jun 1944

ME800

UL-W2

Training

1605

2000

3h55

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt G.H. Barton
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Cross-country navigation.

09 Jun 1944

LL799

UL-N2

FLERS

0105

0630

5h25

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt G.H. Barton
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Enemy airfield. Bombed at 0325 from 3,000 ft. Pickup described the raid as 'Uneventful'

11 Jun 1944

LL799

UL-N2

Training

1900

2105

2h05

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt G.H. Barton
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Air-to-sea firing; high-level bombing on the Lea Marsh Range.

12 Jun 1944

LL799

UL-N2

GELSENKIRCHEN

2300

0400

5h00

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt G.H. Barton
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Gelsenberg AG synthetic oil plant at Nordstern . Bombed at 0106 from 19,000 ft. Pickup: 'Medium & heavy flak. Bags of S/Ls (searchlights). No fighters seen. Good show!'

16 Jun 1944

LL799

UL-N2

STERKRADE

2325

0155

2h30

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt G.H. Barton
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Ruhr-Chemie AG synthetic oil plant at Holten. Abortive and returned early nav equipment u/s.

17 Jun 1944

LL799

UL-N2

AULNOYE

2350

0420

4h30

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt G.H. Barton
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Road and rail bridge near the marshalling yards at Aulnoye-Aymeries. Most crews returned with their bombs due to low cloud obscuring the Target Indicators, however this crew bombed successfully at 0148 from 8,000 ft. Pickup: 'Uneventful'.

22 Jun 1944

LM122

UL-X2

MIMOYECQUES

1410

1730

3h20

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt G.H. Barton
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Target: V3 cannon construction site. Bombed at 1548 from 19,000 ft. Pickup: 'Bags of flak. No fighters. Otherwise uneventful'.

25 Jun 1944

ME735

U2

FLERS

0145

0535

3h50

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt G.H. Barton
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Target: V1 flying bomb launch site. Bombed at 0320 from 15,000 ft. Pickup: 'S/L & flak. Fighters G/C (ground controlled?). Uneventful'.

27 Jun 1944

ME800

UL-W2

CHATEAU DE BERNAPRE

0140

0540

4h00

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt G.H. Barton
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Target: V1 flying bomb launch site. Bombed at 0335 from 8,000 ft. Pickup: 'S/L & slight flak. 2 fighters evaded - unidentified twin engines'.

29 Jun 1944

ME735

U2

DOMLEGER

1140

1515

3h35

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt G.H. Barton
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Target: V1 flying bomb storage and supply depot. Bombed at 1332 from 12,000 ft. Pickup: 'Sporadic heavy flak, otherwise uneventful'.

30 Jun 1944

ME735

U2

OISEMONT / NEUVILLE AU BOIS

0605

1015

4h10

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt G.H. Barton
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Target: V1 flying bomb site. Bombed at 0758 from 13,000 ft. Pickup: '10/10ths cloud. Uneventful. Slight heavy flak'.

02 Jul 1944

LM133

UL-H2

DOMLEGER

1225

1605

3h40

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt L.B. Martin
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Target: V1 flying bomb storage & supply depot. Bombed at 1418 from 14,000 ft. Pickup: 'Cloudy trip. Spasmodic heavy flak. Otherwise uneventful'.

04 Jul 1944

ME792

UL-Q2

ORLEANS

2205

0430

6h25

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt L.B. Martin
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Marshalling yards. Bombed at 0136 from 11,000 ft. Pickup: 'Brilliant moon - clear sky over target. Light & heavy flak - S/Ls. No fighters seen'.

05 Jul 1944

ME792

UL-Q2

DIJON

2100

0550

8h50

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt C. Butterfield
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Marshalling yards. Pickup: 'Brilliant moon. Heavy flak over target. No fighters seen. Uneventful'. Diverted to Coningsby due to low cloud at base. Although Sgt Martin is listed in the ORB as the FE for this operation; there is evidence to suggest that it was not him and probably was Sgt Butterfield (tbc)

06 Jul 1944

ME792

UL-Q2

Coningsby to Elsham Wolds

0915

nk

0h20

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt C. Butterfield
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Return from diversion. Although Sgt Martin is listed in the ORB as the FE for this flight; there is evidence to suggest that it was not him and probably was Sgt Butterfield (tbc)

07 Jul 1944

JB555

UL-R2

CAEN

1920

2355

4h35

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt C. Butterfield
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Enemy armour strongpoint on the Northern outskirts of the town. Flown in support of the Anglo-Canadian ground forces attack on the town (Operation Charnwood). Bombed at 2157 from 2,500 ft. Hit by flak. Pickup: 'Intense heavy and light flak. Hit by heavy flak: hydraulics u/s, flaps u/s, R/T u/s. Wizard prang - Jolly good show (glad back)'. The aircraft is listed in Pickup and Bradley's logbook as JA576 but no such Lancaster was built. Although Sgt Martin is listed in the ORB as the FE for this flight; there is evidence to suggest that it was not him and probably was Sgt Butterfield (tbc).

10 Jul 1944

JB555

UL-R2

Training

1450

1520

0h30

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt C. Butterfield
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Fighter affiliation. There is evidence to suggest that Sgt Martin (FE) was probably replaced by Sgt Butterfield (tbc)

11 Jul 1944

ED888

UL-M2

Training

1440

1610

1h30

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt C. Butterfield
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Air-to-air firing and practice bombing. There is evidence to suggest that Sgt Martin (FE) was probably replaced by Sgt Butterfield (tbc)

12 Jul 1944

PB128

UL-S2

REVIGNY

2120

0620

9h00

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt C. Butterfield
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Marshalling yards. The deputy Master Bomber instructed aircraft to return to base with their bombs ('Lysol') as cloud was obscuring the target.. Aircraft diverted to Lindholme due to poor weather at base. Pickup: 'Overhead target at 0155. Jettisoned bombs'. Bradley: 'A mix-up in general'. There is evidence to suggest that Sgt Martin (FE) was probably replaced by Sgt Butterfield (tbc).

13 Jul 1944

PB128

UL-S2

Lindholme to Elsham Wolds

1345

1400

0h15

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt C. Butterfield
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Return from diversion. There is evidence to suggest that Sgt Martin (FE) was probably replaced by Sgt Butterfield (tbc).

16 Jul 1944

PB128

UL-S2

Air Test

1400

1430

0h30

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt C. Butterfield
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Air test on PB128.

18 Jul 1944

PB128

UL-S2

SANNERVILLE

0325

0720

3h55

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt C. Butterfield
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Area ‘H’ - Fortified positions occupied by Panzer regiments. Flown in support of the British Second Army involved in Operation GOODWOOD. Bombed at 0550 from 7,000 ft. Pickup: 'Intense flak all calibre. Wizard prang. Compares well with (the raid on) Caen'. There is evidence to suggest that Sgt Martin (FE) was probably replaced by Sgt Butterfield (tbc).

18 Jul 1944

LM651

UL-Z2

SCHOLVEN / BUER

2310

0310

4h00

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt C. Butterfield
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Sgt A.L. Simpson RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Synthetic oil plant. Bombed at 0131 from 20,000 ft. Rear gunner (Sgt Simpson) hit by flak and badly wounded. Pickup: 'Very intense heavy flak. R/G shot up in upper left arm. Spent time over target giving him morphine injections etc. Glad back'. There is evidence to suggest that Sgt Martin (FE) was probably replaced by Sgt Butterfield (tbc).

19 Jul 1944

LM651

UL-D2

AIR TEST

1430

1455

0h25

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   Sgt C. Butterfield
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   

NOTES:

Air test on LM651. Rear gunner not known.

20 Jul 1944

LM651

UL-Z2

WIZERNES

1905

2230

3h25

P1   Flt Off C. Sawyer USAAF
P2   
FE   
AB   Sgt F.V. McCullough RCAF
NAV  Sgt E.M. Benoit RCAF
WOp  Sgt G.R. Pickup
MUG  Sgt R.J. Bradley RCAF
RG   Flt Sgt C.R. Anthony

NOTES:

Target: Construction site for a V2 rocket and bunker complex known as ‘La Coupole’ Load: 11x 1000lb, 4x 500lb bombs. Bombed from 13,000 ft at 2004 hrs. Described as, 'Spasmodic heavy flak - piece of cake.' Either Sgt L B Martin or Sgt C Butterfield flew as Flight Engineer tbc PD: ‘Spasmodic heavy flak – piece of cake’

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