Harold H BeasleyMilitary ROLL OF HONOUR
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.
See how this entry relates to other items in the archive by exploring the connections below.
Units served with
- Date: 7 November 1942
- Official Description: 34 Heavy Bombers attack U-boat pens at Brest.
- 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.
Killed in Action (KIA)
Caption for FRE 686 confirms Beasley participated in missions on 4 & 5 April 1943, and that his aircraft claimed German fighters
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