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Richard Norton Beaty

Military

Joined RAFVR, assigned to 133S, Morlaix disaster, crash landed in his Spitfire IX BS148 in a field near Kingsbridge, Devon due to fuel starvation. Critically injured, but survived his injuries. 26-9-42.

Service

Units served with

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

  • No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 1 August 1941, No. 133 reformed at Coltishall as the third 'Eagle' Squadron manned by American personnel. Equipped with Hurricanes it became operational at the end of September. The next month the Squadron moved to Northern Ireland, returning to...

Aircraft

  • BS148

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BS148 Mk IX, Const #3279, Built at Eastleigh. ...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command DIEPPE SUPPORT

    19 August 1942
    31st Fighter Group despatches 123 Spitfires in support of the landings at Dieppe, France. 8 are lost. These are the first operations of VIII Fighter Command units under VIII Fighter Command control. ...

  • VIII Fighter Command 133 SQ. RAF

    26 September 1942
    14 aircraft and pilots took off from Great Sampford for Bolthead, Devonshire, landing there at 1230 hours. At 1350 hours and after a very sketchy briefing, 12 aircraft of the Squadron took off together with 401 with orders to make rendezvous with a...

Associated Place

  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.

Events

Event Location Date
Joined RAFVR Canada 1940

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Assigned Biggin Hill, London SE19 3HY, UK 1941 – 26 September 1942

Assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Crashed Kingsbridge, Devon, UK 26 September 1942

Morlaix disaster, crash landed in his Spitfire IX BS148 in a field near Kingsbridge, Devon
due to fuel starvation. Critically injured, but survived his injuries. 26-9-42.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2016 12:35:59 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/pilots.html

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2016 16:13:59 Al_Skiff Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons
https://1942morlaixdisaster.wordpress.com/the-pilots/

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2015 19:55:24 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons
https://1942morlaixdisaster.wordpress.com/the-pilots/

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