Willard Raymond Beaumont

Military

Object Number - UPL 36644 - Willard Raymond Beaumont

Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed on 8/1/43 on TDY to 9th AF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Pudgy' 42-40613

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Units served with

The insignia of the 93rd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 330th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Pudgy
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 330th Bomb Squadron

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...

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Philadelphia, PA 27 September 1921

Based

Graduated from Flight School

Ellington Field 14 January 1943 January 14, 1943 – Graduated from Flight School, Ellington Field, Texas. Class motto was “One a day for 43-a” because pilots were being killed at a rate of one a day at that time.

Other

Prisoner of war

near Ploesti, Romania 1 August 1943 - 23 August 1944

Other

Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

15 September 1943 For distinguished and meritorious achievement while participating in the operations against the Ploesti Oil Refineries of Rumania on 1 August 1943. In carrying out a low-level, long-range attack on an enemy target of extraordinarily great importance

Other

Married

3 January 1945

Died

Hatboro, PA 8 October 2016

Buried

Washington Crossing National Cemetery 12 October 2016 Washington Crossing National Cemetery

Enlisted

Joined the Army Air Corp

Enlisted

Revisions

Date25 Sep 2019 13:55:00
Date9 Jan 2019 14:11:05
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I am his son.

Date31 Dec 2018 12:43:20
Contributorlbeaumont
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I am his son and I attended his burial ceremony there.

Date18 Dec 2018 12:15:35
Contributorlbeaumont
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From family records.

Date18 Dec 2018 03:51:51
Contributorlbeaumont
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Willard R. Beaumont was an observer on Pudgey during the Ploesti raid.

Date17 Dec 2018 19:26:57
Contributorlbeaumont
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I am his son, and have obtained this information from a reliable source, perhaps the book "Black Sunday" or his records.

Date17 Dec 2018 12:52:32
Contributorlbeaumont
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I am his son recording information collected from various reliable sources

Date17 Dec 2018 12:46:08
Contributorlbeaumont
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Transcribed from the DFC Citation Transcript

Date14 Dec 2018 18:26:22
Contributorlbeaumont
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I copied the Army Serial Number from his discharge papers and distinguished flying cross citation.

Date14 Dec 2018 13:10:23
Contributorlbeaumont
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I am his son. I have seen the wounds, the records, and the awards.

Date14 Dec 2018 12:30:09
Contributorlbeaumont
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I am his son; I have seen his birth certificate.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:27:28
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 333

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