Cpl. Benjamin Lucas

Killed In China

Mass of Requiem for Cpl. Lucas
Corporal En route Home,
Dies in Mountain Plane Crash in China

Benjamin Lucas photo courtesy Frank Smith, nephew, used with permission.(October 25, 1945) -- Cpl. Benjamin Lucas, 23, was killed in a plane crash in China on Sept. 28.

Lucas, son of Mrs. Louise Lucas of Newark Place, was on his way home when the plane was destroyed in a crash.

Cpl. Lucas had completed two years in the Far East, most recently stationed at the headquarters of Chinese Combat Command.

He enlisted in the Army in March 1942.

Cpl. Lucas was first stationed in India. He went through the reopening of the Burma Road and was with the Mars Task Force.

The young man had three battle stars, and had been shot by Jap snipers in the past.

Among his survivors are his brother Pfc. Andrew Lucas who was in Europe. The two brothers exchanged 500 letters while separated.

National Archives & Records Administration
War Department Files:

CPL Benjamin Lucas 
ID: 32771288
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Hometown: Essex County, NJ
Status: DNB (died non-battle)


Sources

The Belleville Times, Oct. 25, 1945

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Photo - Frank Smith

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