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Paul E Beverly


Joined crew 3 August 1942. Shot down 6 December 1942 in B-24 41-23786 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA). First loss for the 44th BG.


Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23786

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D 41-23786 was assigned to 44th Bomb Group, 68th Bomb Squadron at Shipdham. Shot down by German fighters 6-December-1942 on a mission to bomb the German airfield Drucat at Abbeville, France. 10KIA. First loss for 44th Bomb Group. MACR 2920. ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...


Event Location Date
Born Wilcox, Arizona
Killed in Action (KIA) English Channel 6 December 1942

Remains went down with the aircraft when it crashed into the English Channel.

Commemorated Neupré, Belgium 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Ardennes American Cemetery.


Date Contributor Update
09 November 2014 18:02:12 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 9-Nov-2014. Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 2920; American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:10 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2920 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Webb Todd, MACR 2920, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 52