UPL 23967


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Captain Walter Beckham of the 353rd Fighter Group is presented a medal by Colonel Murray C Woodbury, January 1944, somewhere in England. NARA Ref 342-FH-3A07093-68890AC.


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Ace pilot Major Walter C. Beckham of the 351st Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group, in front of P-47 Thunderbolt (YJ-X, serial number 42-8476), named "Little Demon". Beckham was flying this aircraft when he failed to return from a mission to Germany on 22 February 1944. He was held as a prisoner of war until the end of war in Europe.
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 353rd Fighter Group 351st Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14013487 / O-430771
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Fighter pilot
Brigadier General Woodbury, Commanding Officer of the 66th Fighter Wing, talks to senior officers. The 78th Fighter Group was a component of the wing. To the right of the photograph, is the General’s car. The red backing for the white star denotes the rank of the car’s occupant . Handwritten on slide:"Gen Woodbury parade gnd Mason Barnard"
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 3rd Air Division 66th Fighter Wing Headquarters (66th Fighter Wing)
  • Service Numbers: O-17421
  • Highest Rank: Brigadier General
  • Role/Job: Fighter Wing Commander; Commanding General


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