Lt. Robert V. Beaupre flew with the 368th Fighter Squadron from 23 January 1944 through 6 January 1945, when he was KIA on his 67th combat mission. Lt. Beaupre was one of our older 359th Fighter Group pilots, having joined 26 January 1944. On 30 April 1944 he crash landed a P-47 when the engine quit, breaking his right ankle in the accident. This caused him to be hospitalized for several months. On 22 August 1944 he returned to complete his tour, and had only twenty seven hours to go to finish.
Lt. Beaupre was a native of Massachusetts where his widow, Mrs. Marion F. Beaupre, resided. He entered the service 28 October 1942, and was commissioned 30 August, 1943. He was awarded the air medal with seven clusters for exceptionally meritorious service in aerial flight over enemy occupied continental Europe.
The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...
Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.
Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Detached service with 3rd Gunnery & Tow Target Flight. Returned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed on take-off in P-51D 44-14509 East Wretham/Sta 133 Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA). 6-Jan-45.
Military site : airfield
East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...