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Cleo Ralph Beggs

Military

Cleo was a commercial Artist with Capital Engineering in Lincoln Nebraska after the war. Family indicated that Cleo painted at least one of the "Jamaica" B-24 artworks that adorned the plane.

Service

People

  • Joseph Booth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 389th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 489th Bomb Group

    489th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 489th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Halesworth, Suffolk, for several months from May 1944 until later in the year. The Group flew tactical missions in support of ground forces in northern France. It was in this tactical role that the crews...

  • 492nd Bomb Group

    492nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group, after flying similar missions to other heavy bomb groups until the late summer of 1944, took up 'Carpetbagger' missions, transporting agents, supplies and propaganda leaflets to southern France. The Group was taking on the role of...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

  • North Pickenham

    Military site : airfield
    Built comparatively late during 1943-44 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, North Pickenham was rather cramped as an airfield site so the main runway was shorter than typical. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lincoln, Nebraska 5 November 1920
Lived in Lincoln, NE, USA 1940

2050 South 18th Street.

Enlisted San Francisco, CA, USA 22 August 1942
466th BG Combat Tour Attlebridge Airfield, UK 22 March 1944 – 20 May 1944

18 missions flown with the 466th BG.
Transferred to the 389th BG

Died Lincoln, Nebraska 9 April 2003

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 February 2019 04:09:09 466thHistorian Changes to service number and events
Sources

"Attlebridge Arsenal" - Brassfield & Wassom
page 52

Date Contributor Update
10 January 2019 19:04:23 Marcia466BG Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography and events
Sources

Us Federal Census Records; Military Enlistment records; Burial records; Social Security Application and Claims File; Beggs Family information.

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2015 10:46:18 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from :
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
Unit roster in the book 'Attlebridge Arsenal' by Wassom & Brassford, page 343;
466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2015 02:45:02 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit history, 389th BG Roster

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