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Willard Raymond Beaumont

Military

Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed on 8/1/43 on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Pudgy' 42-40613

Service

People

  • Milton Teltser

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed on 8/1/43 while TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti Raid in B-24 'Pudgy'42-40613

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Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-40613 'Pudgy'

    B-24 Liberator
    Lost 1 Aug 43, Ploesti, Romania. Forced landing due to fire near Ogrezeni, damaged by enemy fighters. - 6 KIA, 5 POW - MACR 333

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Philadelphia, PA 27 September 1921
Enlisted December 1942

Joined the Army Air Corp

Based Ellington Field 14 January 1943

January 14, 1943 – Graduated from Flight School, Ellington Field, Texas. Class motto was “One a day for 43-a” because pilots were being killed at a rate of one a day at that time.

Prisoner of war near Ploesti, Romania 1 August 1943 – 23 August 1944
Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross 15 September 1943

For distinguished and meritorious achievement while participating in the operations against the Ploesti Oil Refineries of Rumania on 1 August 1943. In carrying out a low-level, long-range attack on an enemy target of extraordinarily great importance

Married 3 January 1945
Died Hatboro, PA 8 October 2016
Buried Washington Crossing National Cemetery 12 October 2016

Washington Crossing National Cemetery

Enlisted

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 September 2019 13:55:00 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2019 14:11:05 lbeaumont Changes to events
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I am his son.

Date Contributor Update
31 December 2018 12:43:20 lbeaumont Changes to events
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I am his son and I attended his burial ceremony there.

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2018 12:15:35 lbeaumont Changes to events
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From family records.

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2018 03:51:51 lbeaumont Changes to media associations
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Willard R. Beaumont was an observer on Pudgey during the Ploesti raid.

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2018 19:26:57 lbeaumont Changes to events
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I am his son, and have obtained this information from a reliable source, perhaps the book "Black Sunday" or his records.

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2018 12:52:32 lbeaumont Changes to events
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I am his son recording information collected from various reliable sources

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2018 12:46:08 lbeaumont Changes to events
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Transcribed from the DFC Citation Transcript

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2018 02:02:50 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, role, events and person associations
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https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/3147/41226_2421406274_0720-02668?pi...
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=60525&h=1371268...
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=60525&h=1371268...

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2018 18:26:22 lbeaumont Changes to service number
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I copied the Army Serial Number from his discharge papers and distinguished flying cross citation.

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2018 13:10:23 lbeaumont Changes to mission associations
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I am his son. I have seen the wounds, the records, and the awards.

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2018 12:30:09 lbeaumont Changes to middlename and nickname
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I am his son; I have seen his birth certificate.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:28 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 333

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