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Raymond C Beus

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RWG, Nason crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F 42-37719 'Hellcat/Dinah Might'. MACR 1881. Plane crashed in Zuider Zee. Killed in Action (KIA). Tablets of the Missing at the Netherlands AMC.
Ogden, UT

The 1st Bomb Wing/381st BG did not hear the recall while over the continent. 180 out of 700 bombers continued on the mission without fighter cover. The 533rd BS lost 6 of 9 aircraft. The 381st BG earned its second Distinguished Unit Citation.

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  • Athen Anagnos

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Nason crew. 381st BG, 533d BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-37719 'Hellcat/Dinah Mite'. Plane crashed in Zuider Zee. MACR 1881. Killed in Action...

  • Joseph Byser

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Nason crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-37719 'Hellcat/Dinah Mite'. Plane crashed in Zuider Zee. MACR 1881. Killed in Action ...

  • Charles Fiery

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Nason crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-37719 'Hellcat/Dinah Mite". MACR 1881. Plane crashed in Zuider Zee. Killed in Action...

  • Luster Harrah

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Nason crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-37719 'Hellcat/Dinah Might'. MACR 1881. Plane crashed in Zuider Zee. Killed in...

  • Ralph Lab

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Nason crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-37719 'Hellcat'. Plane crashed in Zuider Zee. MACR 1881. Killed in Action (KIA). Tablets...

  • John Lantz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    November 1943 - January 1944. LWG, Nason crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-37719 'Hellcat/Dinah Might'. MACR 1881. Plane crashed in...

  • Donald Nason

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Nason crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-37719 'Hellcat/Dinah Mite'. Plane crashed in Zuider Zee. MACR 1881. Killed in Action (KIA...

  • Paul Stonich

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Nason crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-37719 'Hellcat/Dinah Might'. MACR 1881. Plane crashed in Zuider Zee. Killed in Action (KIA)...

  • George Whitney

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Nason crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #59 to the aircraft factories at Oschersleben, Germany on 11 Jan 1944 in B-17F #42-37719 'Hellcat/Dinah Might'. MACR 1881. Plane crashed in Zuider Zee. Killed in...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 533rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-37719 Hellcat / Dinah Mite

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 6/8/43; Walla Walla 15/8/43; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-X] Ridgewell 8/10/43; Missing in Action (12m) Oschersleben 11/1/44 with Don Nason, Co-pilot: Joe Byser, Navigator: Tony Anagnos, Bombardier: Chas Fiery, Radio Operator: Luster...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • 8th Air Force 174

    4 January 1944
    The port area of Kiel, Germany and the railroad marshalling yards at Munster, Germany are the Primary targets of this Mission which is organised as two elements: one going to Kiel and the other to Munster. Roger A. Freeman begins to designate aircraft...

  • 8th Air Force 178

    7 January 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshaven, Germany are the primary target for this mission. The formation has three elements. The bomber gunners of the entire force claim 30-6-17 of attacking German aircraft. ...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Ogden, Utah
Based 27 November 1943 – 11 January 1944
Killed in Action Netherlands 11 January 1944
Buried

Tablets of the Missing

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2018 13:55:18 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entries to include details from:
- MACR 1881;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database;
- records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;\
- www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2018 01:35:23 ARowe95 Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 1881, 8th AF Losses / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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