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Robert V Beaupre

Military

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.

Awards: AM (7 OLC), PH.

Service

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. ...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    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...

  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.

  • 3rd Gunnery & Tow Target Flight

Aircraft

  • 44-13762 Moose Nose, Cookie

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. personal aircraft of Capt Howard Fogg. Re-assigned to Capt John Gordon. Lost 23-Jul-45 - F/O John H Klug Jr KITA at East Wretham.

  • 41-6324

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 3rd Gunnery & Tow Target Flight, 8AF USAAF.

  • 44-14509 'Weebit'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed on take-off East Wretham/Sta 133 Lt Robert V Beaupre Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA). 6-Jan-45. Cat 5 damage. A/C written off.

Associated Place

  • East Wretham

    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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bristol County, MA, USA 1922
Lived in North Attleboro, Massachusetts 1941
Enlisted Providence, RI, USA 21 May 1942
Based East Wretham 23 January 1944 – 6 January 1945

Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Detached service Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK April 1944

Detached service with 3rd Gunnery & Tow Target Flight.

Crashed Wyton, UK 30 April 1944

Crash Landing due to Engine Failure RAF Wyton Cat 5 damage Lt Robert V Beaupre, 30-Apr-44.

P-47C 41-6324 - 3GTTF 8AF

Promotion Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK 19 September 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Crashed Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK 2 October 1944

Landing Accident East Wretham/Sta 133 Cat 3 damage Lt Robert V Beaupre, 2-Oct-44.

P-51D5 44-13762 368FS 359FG 8AF

Died Wretham, Thetford IP24, UK 6 January 1945

Crashed on take-off in P-51D 44-14509 East Wretham/Sta 133 Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA). 6-Jan-45.

Buried 7 January 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2016 09:55:58 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/529899214_robert_v%20beaupre/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/83402545_robert_v%20beaupre/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Beaupre&GSfn=Rober...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / Unit History

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