The crew next of kin listed were:


Capt. Benjamin P Joy                           Mrs. Benjamin P Joy, wife, 32 Henderson St, Bristol, Conn.

2ndLt James W. Birchett                     Mrs Goldie F Birchett, mother, 614 Broadway

                                                            Dyersburg, TN

1stLt Charles S. Huppmann                 Mr Joseph J Huppmann, brother, 802 Olmstead Rd

                                                            Pikesville, MD

1stLt Charles W Grotte                       Mr Harry A Grotte, father, 2910 26th Ave.,

                                                            San Francisco CA

TSgt Grant L Butcher                          Mrs Elizabeth Butcher, wife, 802 S. Lake St.

                                                            Miles City, Montana

TSgt Bjarne N Nelson                         Mrs B C McCabe, sister, 2881 Forrester Drv

                                                            Los Angeles, CA

SSgt Andrew J Gillespie Jr                   Mr Andrew J Gillespie, father, 705 E. Madison St.

                                                            Philadelphia, PA

SSgt Robert C Connolly                       Mrs Michael Connolly, mother, 413 W. A St.

                                                            Iron Mountain, Mich.

SSgt Leonard C Reynolds                    Mrs Richard H Reynolds, mother, Rte # 6

                                                            Yakima, WA

SSgt Bernard A Baumgartner               Mrs Minnie Baumgartner, mother, Box 456

                                                            Stambaugh, Mich.

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.