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Paul W Beam


Retired from the USAF as a Lt. Colonel



  • James Bruner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Wallace Clay

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Crew 419. Hometown: New Orleans, LA

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron
  • 785th Bomb Squadron


Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


Event Location Date
Born North Carolina, USA 23 December 1922
Enlisted Richmond, VA, USA 20 January 1942
Lived in Evington, VA 24550, USA 1943

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466th BG Combat Tour Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 24 May 1944 – 5 September 1944
Died 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.

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.

Buried 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


Date Contributor Update
18 May 2015 01:19:35 466thHistorian Changes to events

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2015 01:18:39 466thHistorian Changes to events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
18 May 2015 01:16:59 466thHistorian Changes to biography and events

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2015 02:30:12 jamesbruner Changes to highest rank, role, biography and person associations

Paul Beam served with my father, James Lyman Bruner.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:19 AAM AAM ingest

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