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Harold Beedle Jr

Military

Pilot 4th FS, 52nd FG, 12AF USAAF.
'27 January 44 was unusually cold but clear and the wind subsided and missions resumed. Eight Spitfires led by Maj. Houston, Commanding Officer of the 4th FS, flew an ill-fated recce mission to France. As the formation approached the German airfield at Grande Bastide, 1st Lt Ottaway B Cornwell's flight observed Me 109s taking off, and he and Lt. Harold Beedle dove to attack them. On their first pass they used their combined firepower to shoot down one of the Me 109s, but failed until too late to see Messerschmitts closing in on their tails. Cornwell and Beedle had left two Spitfires up high as top cover, and then dove to attack six Me 109s which were taking off. However, the attacking German fighters struck so quickly the top cover could not react. The Me 109s hit both Spitfires with fatal bursts and both of them were seen to hit the side of a nearby mountain and explode'.

Service

People

  • Ottaway Cornwell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 52nd Fighter Group
    Pilot 4th FS, 52nd FG, 12AF USAAF, lost over France 27-1-44 Lt Ottaway B Cornwell KIA. MACR 2225. ...

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Units served with

  • 52nd Fighter Group

    52nd Fighter Group

    Group
    Two of the Squadrons of the 52nd Fighter Group flew Spitfires with RAF Fighter Command in August and early September 1942 from northern Ireland. After these preparatory missions, the Group joined the Twelfth and then Fifteenth Air Force in the...

Aircraft

  • JK705

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire JK705 Mk Vc, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircrfat Factory. ...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Texas, USA 24 April 1913
Lived in Menard County, TX, USA 1940
E/A Destroyed Grande Bastide, Pourrières, France 27 January 1944

Claimed 1/2 Bf109 in Spitfire JK705.

Died Grande Bastide, Pourrières, France 27 January 1944

Shot down in combat with Bf109's, Bf109's hit both Spitfires with fatal bursts and both of them were seen to hit the side of a nearby mountain and explode'

Buried Los Angeles, CA, USA 1945

Commemorated:
Glen Haven Memorial Park
Sylmar, Los Angeles County
California, USA.

Buried 1945

Tablets of the Missing. Florence American Cemetery and Memorial.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2015 11:28:30 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

http://usaafdata.com/?q=search
http://raf-112-squadron.org/52ndfghonor_roll42_43.html
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=71690489

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2015 11:27:45 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://usaafdata.com/?q=search
http://raf-112-squadron.org/52ndfghonor_roll42_43.html
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=71690489

Date Contributor Update
27 December 2015 10:19:00 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, firstname, suffix, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://usaafdata.com/?q=search
http://raf-112-squadron.org/52ndfghonor_roll42_43.html
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=71690489

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