Harold H Beasley

Military ROLL OF HONOUR
First Lieutenant Harold Beasley,of the 91st Bomb Group with his B-17 Flying Fortress. Press caption for image series: ‘EXCLUSIVE PICTURES AS CREWS RETURN FROM RAID. Night and Day air blitz of enemy continues. “Forts” smash Axis factories at Antwerp. Raid carried out by crews who took part in Paris raid previous day. The greatest air offensive in history is being carried out by the Anglo-American air forces. For 72 hours bombs have been crashing down on Hitler’s Europe in the West almost nonstop. A

Object Number - FRE 3581 - First Lieutenant Harold Beasley,of the 91st Bomb Group with his B-17 Flying Fortress. Press caption for image series: ‘EXCLUSIVE PICTURES AS CREWS...

Beasley's crew claimed to shoot down 4 German fighters on a mission over Paris on 4 April 1943, they then claimed a further fighter on a mission over Antwerp the following day.

Beasley was shot down on 17 April 1943 in B-17 42-5172 'Thunderbird' and killed in Action (KIA). His Plane was attacked by fighters and caught on fire. All other crew except pilots were able to bail out of the back of the plane and became Prisoner of War (POW)s.

Earlier Beasley flew as an observer on B-17F 41-24431 'The Saint'. Accident while taxiing on the runway on 12 February 1943 due to strong winds. All 7 crew members were safe.

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The Saint
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 401st Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Thunderbird, Marnita
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 401st Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 8 November 1942
  • Official Description: 41 HBs bomb the Abbeville/Drucat A/F and the Atelier d’Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille.
  • Date: 9 November 1942
  • Official Description: VIII BC attacks U-boat base at Saint-Nazaire from reduced altitude. 12 B-24’s at 17,500 to 18,300 ft suffer little AA damage, but 31 B-17’s at 7,500 to 10,000 ft lose 3 of their number and have 22 damaged by AA fire. This ends experiment with low...
  • Date: 17 November 1942
  • Official Description: 35 HBs pound U-boat pens at Saint-Nazaire with 102 tons of bombs.
  • Date: 20 December 1942
  • Official Description: 72 HBs attack air de pot at Romilly-sur-Seine in effective raid. 6 bmrs are lost to ftrs.

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Andalusia, USA

Other

Killed in Action (KIA)

Germany 1943-04-17

Revisions

Date19 Aug 2021 19:15:31
Contributoracbernstein1
Date10 Oct 2019 13:04:27
ContributorEmily
Sources

Caption for FRE 686 confirms Beasley participated in missions on 4 & 5 April 1943, and that his aircraft claimed German fighters

Date27 Sep 2014 18:12:05
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15521 / MACR 15521, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 pp 75 and 105 by Bishop and Hey, The Ragged Irregulars of Bassingborn p. 38 by Havelaar, WWII National Memorial / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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