Ben was part of the Twelfth Air Force, 57th Air Division, 321st Bomb Group (see 321st Air Expeditionary Wing), 447th Squadron. He was shot down on 6 February 1945 on a mission to Rovereto Station to attack the a rail bridge in Crema, Italy. The plane was called "The Maybe" and Ben was radioman.
Ben was captured and became a Prisoner Of War held by Germany in Stalag Luft III Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser Stalag XIII-Doctorate) 49-11.
Bernard Guild was a microbiologist by training, and an ex-teacher of science and ecology, who moved to in 1970 to hunt and fish and photograph and write—mostly to write. "On an investigative trip out to the Caldera in August 1976, Root encountered one of Aniakchak"s first non-hunting visitors since Hubbard, a mycologist and former hunting guide named "Ben" Guild.
Root described Guild as "very pro-park" in his 1976 report. He also noted that Guild had exchanged his rifle for a camera.
Guild had spent six weeks in the Caldera three years earlier..Although the Net Promoter Score appreciated his knowledge of the area, local residents in Portuguese Heiden found it odd that anyone who was not there to hunt or trap would choose to live under such extreme conditions.
Because of his apparent devotion to wilderness, local villagers called Guild the "Wild Manitoba of Aniakchak."".