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Howard W Beaman

Military

Shot down 26 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23804 'Sad Sack', 44BG/66BS while serving as Waiat Gunner on a mission to bomb the port facilities as Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The aircraft was attacked by fighters near the Initial Point (IP) which caused the loss of 2 engines, started a fire in the bomb bay area and damaging the control cables. Pilot, 1LT Phillamey , gave the bale out order over the city of Oldenburg and he SGT Beaman and 6 others of the crew baled out and were captured as Prisoners of War. 3 airmen were killed in the fighter attack.

POW

Service

People

  • Kenneth Morse

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Killed in Action on 26 February 1943 in B-24D 41-23804 'Sad Sack', 44BG/66BS while serving as Tail Gunner on a mission to bomb the port facilities as Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The aircraft was attacked by fighters near the Initial Point (IP) which caused...

Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23804 Sad Sack

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D-5-CO 41-23804 "Sad Sack" was assigned to the 44BG/66BS at Shipdham, UK. The aircraft was despatched on 26-Feb-43 to bomb the docks at Bremen. However, cloud cover obscured the target and the formation diverted to Wilhelmshaven as a target of...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 37

    26 February 1943
    After 10 days of weather related delays of the bomber offensive, a mission is organised with the port facilities of Emden, Germany as the primary target. However, Emden is obscured by cloud cover and all formations divert to attack the port facilities...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Casey, Iowa
Prisoner of War (POW) Krems an der Donau, Austria 26 February 1943 – 24 May 1945

Held at Stalab 17B, Braunau-Gneikendorf (near Krems), Austrial Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 24-May-45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2015 18:59:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Jun-2015. Added decorations and made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Added POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; Added Model letter, aircraft Unit association crew position and loss details per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE and MACR 16053.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, MACR 16053, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 81, The 44th BG Roll of Honor and Casualties by Lundy pp. p. 54-56

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