Theodore Carl Beaudry

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, the B-24, 42-41007 'Margie A Virgin', was shot up pretty bad, and upon landing somewhere in Europe, caught fire with 6 members of the former DOPEY CREW: Gooden, Perkins, McNeil, Beaudry, Cox, and Cochrane, losing their lives." MACR 170.

Awards: SS, DFC, AM, PH.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
Three airmen of the 389th Bomb Group stand with a B-24 Liberator used as a Flight Assembly Ship. Image via Tim Bivens. Handwritten caption from Bivens: 'My friend remembers it being named "Bucksheesh Benny" that it was used to fly Jack Benny around USA shows. Says it flew in North Africa with Benny and was eventually assigned to 389th as a hack and later as a form-up ship. He thinks it was originally with another group (possibly 376th or 98th).' Handwritten caption on reverse: '389th BG Form-up ship.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 343rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16076381 / O-731565
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Margie A Virgin
  • Unit: Ninth Air Force

Missions

  • Date: 1 August 1943
  • Official Description: 177 B-24’s, of IX Bomber Command (including Heavy Bombers on loan from Eighth AF) are dispatched to bomb oil refineries at Ploesti and nearby Campina. The operation (TIDALWAVE) is costly, 54 planes and 532 airmen being lost, but damage to the targets...

Places

  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Soluch Airfield

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Foxholm, ND 11 August 1910 Son of Alfred James and Elizabeth Beaudry.

Died

Romania 1 August 1943 flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, the B-24 was shot up pretty bad, and upon landing somewhere in Europe, caught fire with 6 members of the former DOPEY CREW: Gooden, Perkins, McNeil, Beaudry, Cox, and Cochrane, losing their lives." MACR 170.

Other

Assigned

Benghazi, Libya 1 August 1943 343rd BS, 98th BG, 9th AF.
California, USA

Buried

Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial Liege, Belgium Plot A Row 39 Grave 44

Revisions

Date23 Feb 2018 02:22:53
Contributordecwriter
Sources

Received DFC for his actions on the 1 Aug 1943 Ploesti raid.

Date16 Apr 2015 14:45:47
ContributorAl_Skiff