Although Lt. John M. Bentley’s career with the 376th began favourably, with one Fw190 destroyed on 6 March 1944, it ended abruptly on 15 April 1944 when the tail of his P-47D 42-22756 was cut off in a mid-air collision with another P-47 over Holland. Fortunately, the other pilot, Lt. Robert O. Comstock, returned to base, while Lt. Bentley baled out, only to become the Group’s first prisoner of war.(USAF)