Paul W Beam


Object Number - UPL 16036 - Crew #423 & #539 Wallace C. Clay Crew 466th BG - 784th and 785th Bomb Squadrons Standing Left to Right: Wallace C. Clay (P), James L. Bruner...

Retired from the USAF as a Lt. Colonel


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Three little girls hold up a balloon celebrating the 100th mission of the 466th Bomb Group in front of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95592) nicknamed "Black Cat". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'On our 100 Mission party Day- 18 Aug 1944, Attlebridge, 466th- wouldn't it be something if we could identify these girls? How could I do it?'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 784th Bomb Squadron 785th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-761034
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 784th Bomb Squadron 785th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Warchamp
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 784th Bomb Squadron 786th Bomb Squadron
The nose art of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-94979) nicknamed "Slick Chick" of the 466th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: '466 BG, Slick Chick, 42-94979 F 43, 128 Misns, Per Crew Chief John Doskocz, 785th A443F.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Slick Chick
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 785th Bomb Squadron


Aerial photograph of Attlebridge airfield, looking north, the fuel store and a T2 hangar are in the upper centre, 31 January 1946. Photograph taken by No. 90 Squadron, sortie number RAF/3G/TUD/UK/51. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Attlebridge Arsenal, Station 120


Event Location Date Description


North Carolina, USA 23 December 1922


Richmond, VA, USA 20 January 1942


466th BG Combat Tour

Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 24 May 1944 - 5 September 1944


San Antonio, TX, USA 5 November 2013 Lt. Colonel Paul W. Beam USAF, Ret., WWII veteran, husband and father passed into the mists of history on November 5, 2013 at the age of 90. As a bombardier/navigator in the 466th Bomber Group, 8th Army Air Corps stationed in Attlebridge, England, he flew on bombing runs in a B-24 Liberator. The missions they flew included one over Normandy 6/6/1944, D-Day. "Target was reached and hit at 6 minutes to 6:00" that morning. He was a witness to history and Our American Hero. His wife of 54 years, Margaret (nee Quick) preceded him in death. He is survived by their four children, Paula, Michael, Patrick and Janet; seven grandchildren, Brice, Joel, Kara, Mitchell, Dustin, Brandon and Shanon; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Nicholas, Coby, Billy, Taylor, Emma and Corte. SERVICES Visitation will be held on Friday, November 8, 2013 from 6:00pm until 9:00pm at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North. Funeral Services will be on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 11:00am at the Mausoleum Chapel at Mission Burial Park North, 20900 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257, with Rev. Bill Shockley officiating. Interment will follow at Mission Burial Park North with Air Force Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at You may sign the on-line guestbook at under the obituary section.


San Antonio, TX, USA 8 November 2013 Mission Burial Park North San Antonio Bexar County Texas, USA Plot: section 10 lot 33 space 2 GPS (lat/lon): 29.63585, -98.61085
Evington, VA 24550, USA Route #2


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Paul Beam served with my father, James Lyman Bruner.

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book 'Attlebridge Arsenal' by Wassom & Brassford, page 343

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