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Marvin H Beiseker Jr

Military

Killed in Action (KIA) in B-17F 41-24589 'Texas Bronco' while serving as Bombardier. Aircraft was damaged by flak on a mission to bomb the port area of Emden, Germany (last resort) then attacked by German fighters. ME 110s and JU88s. Beiseker was killed in the plane by the fighters. The pilots crash landed on the beach at Terschelling, Holland and destroyed the plane. 2 were killed and the other 8 became Prisoner of War (POW)s. listed at Stalag 3 in Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) originally then moved to Nuremberg Langwasser.

Purple Heart, Air Medal

Service

Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24589 Texas Bronco

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24589 "Texas Bronco" was assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-R] Dow Field, Bangor 15-Sep-42; with Gene Ellis, wrecked, while turning plane into takeoff position, tail wheel ran off runway causing tail section severed from rear bulkhead, 5-Oct-42, repaired...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 33

    4 February 1943
    The marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany are again designated as the primary target for this mission follwing the abortive attempt of 2-Feb-43. However, weather and extreme cold frustrate this operation also. The main attacking force consists of 65 B-17s...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Dallas, Texas
Killed in Action (KIA) 4 January 1943

Killed when aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed into the surf on Terschelling Island, Holland

Buried 1945

Buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery, Plot O, Row 9, Grave 10

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2015 21:39:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to suffix, service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 27-Jan-2015. Added decorations, made connection to Place and Mission within existing website data; Corrected role to Bombardier per 91BG/323BS Daily Report of 4-Feb-43; Added KIA and SN event per MACR 15124. Edited Biography adding crew position and target information per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.; Added NOTE of data from Paul Andrews, Project Bits N' Pieces.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15124, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 73, ABMC

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