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Jack M Beckman

Military

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.'

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."

Service

Units served with

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    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

Aircraft

  • 43-6945

    P-51 Mustang

  • 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...

Events

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
Brownwood
Texas
USA

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
Burlington
Iowa
USA

Revisions

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
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/85332646_jack_m%20beckman/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/317517879/?terms=Jack%20M%20Beckman
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmpilot.asp?Pilot=Beckman%2C+Jack+M
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=29872

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

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

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