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Vernon M Beesley


Assigned to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 67FW, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 67th Fighter Wing
  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

  • 79th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Goxhill

    Military site : airfield
    Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational...

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...


Event Location Date
Born Dallas County, TX, USA 1923
Enlisted Dallas, TX, USA 9 June 1942

Dallas, Texas

Based Goxhill 1944 – 13 April 1944

Assigned to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred King's Cliffe, Peterborough PE8, UK 13 April 1944 – 11 October 1944

Transferred to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Podington, Wellingborough NN29, UK 23 April 1944

Crash-landed Podington on return from ops in P-38J 42-67427 - 2Lt Vernon Beesley. 23-Apr-44.

Transferred 11 October 1944 – 30 October 1944

Transferred to 67FW, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 30 October 1944

Completed Tour of Duty (ETD).


Date Contributor Update
21 March 2021 17:22:00 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2017 10:23:37 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- King's Cliffe Memorial Edition

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2016 13:59:24 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, role, biography, awards, events and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:25 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list