Levitt Clinton Beck Jr

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 51942 - 1LT Levitt Clinton Beck , Jr.

Levitt Beck was born in Houston, Texas, he attended Huntington Park High School in California, graduating in 1938, and worked as an architect.

After his enlistment on 23 March 1942 and training as a Pilot in the Air Corps, Beckwas sent overseas.
Assigned as a pilot to the 9th AF / 406th FG / 514th FS - (RAF Ashford).
He was shot down in France on 29 June 1944 in P-47D-5-RE 42-8473 on an Armed Reconnaissance mission to the Mantes-la-Jolie / Gassicourt area.

Beck initially evaded capture, he was made a prisoner and interned at the Buchenwald concentration camp. He became ill from maltreatment and undernourishment and died in the camp on 29 November 1944. His remains were never found and fellow camp inmates who were later transferred to Stalag Luft 3 think he was incinerated in Buchenwald the day following his death.

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: Sweet Louise, Mrs Josephine / Hedy & Bloom's Tomb II
  • Unit: 352nd Fighter Group 406th Fighter Group 487th Fighter Squadron 514th Fighter Squadron

Places

Aerial photograph of Ashford airfield. Photograph taken by the 34th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron of the 10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group on 11 May 1944, sortie number US/34GR/LOC14. English Heritage (USAAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: RAF Ashford
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Konzentrationslager Buchenwald

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

California, United States. 2 January 1920 Born Levitt Clinton Beck Jr, the son of Levitt Clinton Beck and Verne E. Beck.

Enlisted

Riverside, California, United States 23 March 1942 Enlisted as a Private in the Air Corps

Other

Shot down

near Havelu, Eure-et-Loir, France 29 June 1944 Shot down in P-47D 42-8473.

Other

Evaded capture

Paris 29 June 1944 - 18 August 1944 Levitt Beck managed at first to evade capture but was taken prisoner and together with 167 other Allied airmen, he was on a convoy that left Paris for Buchenwald on 18 August 1944.

Other

Prisoner of War

Buchenwald 20 August 1944 - 29 November 1944 His prisoner number was 78286

Died

Buchenwald, near Weimar, Germany 29 November 1944 Levitt Beck died from pneumonia in the hospital of the Buchenwald Concentration camp.
Walnut Park, San Antonio, Texas, United States

Buried

Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial Beck is commemorated on the Wall of the Missing at the Luxembourg American Cemetery. His remains were allegedly cremated at Buchenwald and he is therefore listed as MIA (Missing in Action.)

Revisions

Date29 Aug 2021 20:03:20
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A.L.D. II

Date29 Aug 2021 20:01:16
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A.L.D. II

Date17 Dec 2019 16:42:18
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spelling and aircraft information

Date17 Dec 2019 15:36:35
ContributorEmily
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Corrected a number of historical inaccuracies relating to Beck's life and imprisonment at Buchenwald, including dates of imprisonment and wrongly listed birth and death date.

Information from:
Allied Airmen at Buchenwald
Find a grave
Honor States

Date5 Nov 2015 09:39:29
ContributorED-BB
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MACR 6224

Date4 Nov 2015 16:11:12
ContributorED-BB
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Added middle name and his Buchenwald POW card

Date23 Dec 2014 15:39:39
ContributorED-BB
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
Official German POW records
ABMC - American Battle Monuments Commission website
Joe MOSER's memories at https://buchenwaldflyboy.wordpress.com/chapter-11-rescue/
Data at http://www.ogsottawa.on.ca/billings/p122.htm#i76983
Dave Dorsey's website : http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ddorsey/

Date22 Dec 2014 15:57:08
ContributorED-BB
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
ABMC - American Battle Monuments Commison website
Data at http://www.nww2m.com/2012/03/fighter-pilot/
Official German POW files.

Date22 Dec 2014 15:35:45
ContributorED-BB
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records.
ABMC - American Battle Monuments Commission website.

Date22 Dec 2014 15:26:27
ContributorED-BB
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NARA WW II Enlistment records.
ABMC - American Battle Monuments Commission website.

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