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Jack M Beckman


Served Dec-41 to Jan-44 with RCAF. Transferred as a Flying Officer to USAAF. Assigned to 358FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). 99 x missions, credited multiple kills. Crashed near Neuberg in P-51D 44-14230 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 12835.

'His parents believed that he was shot down and baled out over Bavaria, only to be killed by German civilians.'
Named as victim of an unlawful killing of a prisoner of war in US War Crimes Trial no. 12-2404. 3 perpetrators sentenced to death and hanged.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (2 OLC), PH.

DFC Citation: "The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Flight Officer Jack M. Beckman (ASN: T-223078), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Fighter Pilot of the EIGHTH Air Force, in accomplishing fifty fighter combat mission, or the equivalent thereof, over enemy occupied Continental Europe during World War II. The skillful and zealous manner in which this officer has sought out the enemy and engaged him in aerial combat, his devotion to duty and courage under all conditions serve as an inspiration to his fellow flyers. His actions on all these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States."


Units served with

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 358th Fighter Squadron
  • 8th Air Force


  • 43-6945 Wizard Kite, Judy

    P-51 Mustang
    On 8 July 1944, P-51 43-6945 was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire. It was last sighted south east of Paris. Its pilot James Lowder was killed.

  • 44-14230

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-14126 'Hot Shot'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 358FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Jack M Beckman. Re-assigned to Lt Robert V Finnesey. Crashed on take-off 5-Dec-44 - Capt Grant A Seeley.

Associated Place

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...


Event Location Date
Born Des Moines County, IA, USA 13 September 1922

Son of David Lee and Eunice [Walker] Beckman.

Enlisted Camp Bowie Park, Brownwood, TX 76801, USA 7 July 1941

Camp Bowie

Lived in Burlington, Iowa 1942
Transferred January 1944

Transferred from RAF.

Based Steeple Morden 5 January 1944 – 1 March 1945

Assigned to 358FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 5 January 1944

Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

Promotion Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 25 May 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

End Tour Duty (ETD) England, UK September 1944

Completed Tour Duty (ETD).

Promotion Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 10 December 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Died Neuberg, Germany 1 March 1945

Crashed near Neuberg in P-51 44-14230 Killed in Action (KIA). 1-Mar-45.

Buried Aspen Ln, Burlington, IA 52601, USA 29 May 1949

Aspen Grove Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
17 January 2018 13:25:47 Kauko56 Changes to biography

US Review and Recommendations paper 12-2402. Yavnai, Military Justice (PhDiss)

Date Contributor Update
12 September 2017 21:31:39 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
18 October 2016 16:50:37 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:52 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12835 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list