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Name: William Joseph Benger
Military Medal (MM)
Country: England
Rank: Sergeant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Unit: 20
Victories: 5
Born: 1895
Place of Birth: Devizes, Wiltshire
Died From Wounds: 17 October 1917 Died From Wounds
Place of Death: Poelcapelle, Belgium
Memorial: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
 
 
An observer with 20 Squadron in the fall of 1917, William Joseph Benger, the son of J. W. and Eleanor Benger, scored 5 victories flying Bristol Fighters. He and pilot A.G.V Taylor were shot down over Poelcapelle by Theodor Quandt of Jasta 36. Benger and Taylor were captured shortly before they died from their wounds.

Birth registered 1st quarter 1895 at Devizes. Home at enlistment: Ewell, Surrey.
 
Military Medal (MM)
This NCO has served as an aerial gunner since 13.05.1917 and has done consistently good work in aerial gunnery, photography and reconnaissance. He has had numerous combats and has shown good marksmanship and coolness in action. On 25.09.1917 he shot down an out of control Albatross Scout near Becelaere. On 29.07.1917 near Moorslede he shot down in flames an Albatross Scout. On 03.10.1917 one Albatross Scout was driven down out of control near Wervicq. On 11.10.1917 near Moorslede he drove an Albatross Scout out of control.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 25 Sep 1917 1835 20 Bristol F.2b (A7255) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) 5 E of Gheluvelt
2 27 Sep 1917 1300 20 Bristol F.2b (A7245) 2 Albatros D.V (DESF) Moorslede
3 03 Oct 1917 1500 20 Bristol F.2b (A7271) 3 Albatros D.V (OOC) Wervicq
4 11 Oct 1917 0715 20 Bristol F.2b (B1122) 4 Albatros D.V (DESF) Moorslede
5 11 Oct 1917 0715 20 Bristol F.2b (B1122) 4 Albatros D.V (OOC) Moorslede

1 Pilot Lt J P Dalley
2 Pilot 2Lt William Durrand
3 Pilot 2Lt Arthur Taylor
4 Pilot Lt Harry Luchford
5 Shared with Sgt F Hopper & Capt Leslie Burbidge
 
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