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Vincent M Beach


Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 42-39996 'Boston Bombshell' while serving as Engineer/Top Turrent Gunner. Aircraft was shot down by fighters and crashed at Marzhausen/Hebenshausne, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA).


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    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...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Home of the Memphis Belle


  • 42-39996 Boston Bombshell

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17G 42-39996 'Boston Bombshell' was delivered Long Beach 29-Oct-43; assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-N] Bassingbourn 14-Jan-44. Attacked by German aircraft on a mission to bomb the aircraft factories at Halle, Germany. Attack caused the left wing to catch...


  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , 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...


Event Location Date
Born Redondo Beach, California
Killed in Action (KIA) Hebenshausen, 37249 Neu-Eichenberg, Germany 16 August 1944

Killed when aircraft was shot down by German fighters and crashed near Marzhausen/Hebenshausen, Germany.

Buried Fort Scott, Kansas 66701, Verenigde Staten 1945

Originally buried by the Germans in the cemetery of Hebenshausen, Germany. After the war his remains were recovered and re-interred for a time at the Ardennes American Cemetery. After the war his remains and those of the CP F/O Cater and NG/Toggelier Sgt Algee were repatriated for Group Burial at the Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Kansas.


Date Contributor Update
20 July 2016 10:11:49 general ira snapsorter Changes to media associations

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Date Contributor Update
11 June 2015 16:59:05 A. van Erp Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2015 14:43:45 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

Combined two entries into a single entry. This record now includes information from the following source: MACR 8179 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database.
Corrected some typographical errors.

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2014 19:13:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 17-Dec-2014. Added SN, KIA event and BS association per MACR 8179. Added Burial event and crafted biography per "Losses of the 9th & 9th Air Forces" Satn Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; BS association of this crew member based on MACR 8179 while BS association of aircraft is based on Roger A. Freeman, David Osborne and Bihop & Hey. COMBINATION of data from duplicate entry. Place of Birth in this record is taken as correct (See original sources of data ingest below).

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:31 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8179