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Victor Dominic Benefield

Male 1914 - 1942  (28 years)


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  • Name Victor Dominic Benefield 
    Born 8 May 1914  Wanganui NZ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Sep 1942  Essen Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetry  Kleve Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Victor's Details:
      Rank - Flying Officer (Instr.)
      Service No. 41302
      Aged 28

      Notes from a book by ex R.A.F. P.O.W.'s in Germany:
      They were flying a Wellington Bomber Mission to Osnabruck. From a crew of six, two were New Zealanders, and they were the only ones killed near Duisburg, when they were shot down.
      Victor was the Pilot and kept the craft steady while the rest of the crew bailed out.
      On the 9th Sept 1943, F/Lt Victor Benefield was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross

      Location of the Reichswald Forest War Cemetry in Germany.
      The cemetry is five kilometers south west of Kleve. From Kleve take the Hoffmannallee from the town centre, which becomes the Grunewaldstrasse. Follow the directions for Gennep, and on entering Reichswald Forest, the cemetry is situated 500 meters on the left.
      Plot 2 - Row H - Grave No.6
      There are 7654 graves in this cemetery, of these 127 are from New Zealand

      https://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/2003400/REICHSWALD%20FOREST%20WAR%20CEMETERY
    Person ID I44  Omundsen
    Last Modified 5 Oct 2018 

    Father Percival Benefield,   b. 16 Mar 1881, Wanganui, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1970, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Mother Agnes Frances Murphy,   b. 13 Aug 1882, Auckland New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1924, Wanganui New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 1900 
    Family ID F9  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Reichswald Forest Cemetry Germany
    Reichswald Forest Cemetry Germany
    Kleve
    Germany
    Reichswald Forest Cemetry Germany
    Reichswald Forest Cemetry Germany
    Kleve
    Germany
    Reichswald Forest Cemetry Germany Entrance
    Reichswald Forest Cemetry Germany Entrance
    Kleve
    Germany

    Headstones
    Victor Dominic Benefield
    Victor Dominic Benefield
    Reichswald Forest Cemetry
    Kleve
    Germany

    Uncle Vic's War Letters

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