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Charles Edward Beall


Killed in Action (KIA) on 13-Nov-43 as pilot of P-38H 42-67049, 55FG/336FS when his aircraft was shot down by German fighters while on a mission to escort B-17 bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. He and the aircraft crashed near Frustenau, Germany.

Awards: AM (OLC), PH.


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. ...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 338th Fighter Squadron


  • 42-67049

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38H-5-LO 42-67049 was assigned to the 55FG/338FS at Nuthampstead, UK. On 13-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Charles E. Beall, was despatched with oterh P-38s from 55 FG to escort bombers attacking at Bremen, Germany. The aircaraft was attacked by...


  • VIII Fighter Command FO-180 BOMBER ESCORT

    13 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two fighter elements. The first element is a force of 45 P-38s from 55FG despatched to escort the B-17 formations attacking at Bremen, Germany. 7 aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 4KIA 3POW. 2 are Damaged Beyond Repair (DBR)...

Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...


Event Location Date
Born St Landry Parish, LA, USA 23 November 1920
Lived in Louisiana, USA 1941
Enlisted Louisiana, USA 4 September 1941
Died Fürstenau, Germany 13 November 1943

Killed when his aircraft was attacked and shot down by German fighters near Furstenau, Germany whil escorting B-17s attacking at Bremen, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried 1945

Buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery, Plot B, Row 17, Grave 19.


Date Contributor Update
12 October 2016 15:36:15 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2015 23:16:44 Lee8thbuff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 14-Jul-2015. Added Decorations and Burial event per American Battele Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; Added KIA event per MACR 1268; Added Summary Biography based on "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:33 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1268 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list