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William Lester Beggs

Military

Was on board B-24 #42-52447, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-51098 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA). Still listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Service

People

  • Donald Boleski

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-52447, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-51098 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 098. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Donald Breecher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-52447, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-51098 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 098. Killed In Action (KIA). Still...

  • Thurston Carlisle

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Captain Thurston Carlisle was Pilot of B-24 #42-52447, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-51098 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 098. Killed...

  • Howard Cohen

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-51098, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Kelly Crabtree

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Nose Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-51098, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • John Flanagan

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-52447, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-51098 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 098. Killed In Action (KIA). Still...

  • Frederick Gilbert

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-52447, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-51098 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 098. Killed In Action (KIA). Still...

  • Norman Harris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-51098, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • John Jones

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-52447, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-51098 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 098. Killed In Action (KIA).

  • Gilbert Matthews

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 445th Bomb Group
    Was on board B-24 #42-51098, which collided on 16 August 1944 above Zerbst, Germany, with B-24 #42-52447 of the same Squadron. Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, about 200m from the crash location of 447. Killed In Action (KIA).

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Units served with

  • 445th Bomb Group

    445th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 445th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Tibenham, Norfolk. The crews' first mission was bombing U-boat installations at Kiel on 13 December 1943. The Group continued to hit strategic targets in Germany, including the aircraft components factory...

  • 703rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-52447

    B-24 Liberator
    Crashed near Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany, after a mid-air collision with B-24 #42-51098. All nine on board Killed In Action (KIA) / ...

Missions

  • 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

  • Tibenham

    Military site : airfield
    Tibenham was built in 1941-1942 by W and C French Ltd with a standard 2,000 yard main runway, and two other runways both 1,400 feet in length. Accommodation was provided for a full USAAF heavy bomber group in dispersed sites. Personnel of the 320th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Groveland, Livingston County, New York 4 June 1922
Lived in June 1942

Groveland, New York

Enlisted 20 October 1942

Buffalo, New York

Killed in Action (KIA) Mosigkau, Germany 16 August 1944

in the crash of 42-52447, Mosigkau, 7km SW of Dessau, Germany

Henri-Chapelle, Belgium

William Beggs is Memorialized on the Walls of the Missing at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Belgium

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2020 10:23:37 ED-BB Changes to biography
Sources

MACR 8431
"Dixie Flyer" was 42-52247 not 42-52447...

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2020 10:32:48 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 8431
NARA WWII Enlistment records
WWII Draft card
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:26 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Birsic, ABMC, MACR 8431, 2AD Roll of Honor / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8431 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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