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Ellsworth A Beans

Military

Flew on first daylight bombing raid to Berlin 4 Mar 1944.

Service

Units served with

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron
  • 813th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30255 'Lonesome Polecat'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Tinker 25/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/5/43; Dow Fd 31/5/43; Assigned 351BG Polebrook 10/6/43; transferred 412BS/95BG [QW-V] Horham 16/6/43; battle damage on 13/11/43 Ball turret gunner: E.J. Castona (wia),Tail...

  • 42-30322 'Liberty Belle' 'Patches'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14-May-43; Kearney 30-May-43; Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 2-Jun-43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-P] Horham 15-Jun-43; on Munster raid 10-Oct-43 with Bill Owen, Radio Operator: Sgt Cain WIA in throat, but rescued by RAF ASR, but ship limped...

  • 42-30634 'Liberty Belle'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/7/43; Gr Isle 22/7/43; Walla Walla 1/8/43; Scott 9/8/43; Presque Is 17/8/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-O] Horham 20/8/43; 30m, Missing in Action Brunswick 21/2/44 with John McGuigan, Bombardier: Tom Barron, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-3398

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 5/6/43; Dow Fd 14/7/43; Assigned 12AF 16/7/43; Returned to the USA Tinker 24/7/43; 358BS/303BG [VK-Q] Molesworth 1/8/43; 813BS/482BG [PC-Q] Alconbury with HSC radar scanner fitted 2/8/43; Ferry Comm 20/5/44; Returned to the USA...

  • 42-5731

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/10/42; Salina 4/12/42; Assigned 97BG Biskra 31/1/43; Chateau-du-Rhumel 8/2/43; Pont-du-Fahs 1/8/43; Depienne 15/8/43; Cerignola 20/12/43; Amendola 16/1/44; Salvaged 27/8/44.

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 April 2019 11:10:22 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and unit associations
Sources

http://www.482nd.org/berlin-mission.

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- http://95thbg.org/j3migr/flight-crew-records;
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

482nd BG website / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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