JOY, BENJAMIN PROCTOR, Captain, # 0-791444, USAAF
Benjamin Joy was born on 19 November 1919, in Bristol, Hartford Co., Connecticut, to Charles Sumner Joy Jr. (1882-1952) (born Springfield, Mass. – attended Yale University in 1902-1904) and Anne Maud (Clark) Joy (1880-1978). Siblings included Margaret Joy (1911-2001), and Emily (Joy) Disston nee Cobb (1912-1993). In 1936, he was an underclassman at the Governor Dummer Academy, Byfield, Massachusetts. In 1941, he lived at 196 Woodland, Bristol, and worked as a machine operator. The family lived at 196 Woodland, Bristol, Connecticut, in 1944. He was married to Corinne J. Joy who lived at 32 Henderson St., Bristol, Connecticut, in 1944.
He registered for the WW II draft on 1 July 1941. His employer was New Departure Co. He described himself as 6’3”, 170 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Hartford, Connecticut, on 18 December 1942, as an aviation cadet. On 23 January 1944, B-24J, # 42-73067 (“Rangoon Rosie”), departed Madhaigunj, India, on a bombing mission to Merguy, Malayan Peninsula. It was assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bomb Group, 436th Bomb Squadron. He was the pilot. It was seen to crash at about 1610 hours at 12º30’ North - 95º 30’ East, in Malaya, shot down by enemy aircraft. It was noted to be a battle casualty. Its crew were killed in action, except TSgt Grant L. Butcher, who was wounded and captured by the Japanese. A Graves Registration team recovered remains from where crew was buried. Unable to distinguish the remains, they were buried in a single casket group burial in Arlington National Cemetery 25 July 1949, Section 34, grave 5023.