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Francis Samuel Beatty


Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew member of B-24 41-11921 'Northern Star' 'Doc', flew on the 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid. The aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned safely to Benghazi, Libya despite being intercepted by enemy fighters over Bulgaria.

Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.



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Units served with

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

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  • 343rd Bomb Squadron

    343rd Bomb Squadron

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    B-24 Liberator
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  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

Associated Place

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Hopwood, PA 29 September 1918
Enlisted 7 October 1939
Based Benina 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died 27 September 1968
Buried South Park Cemetery Roswell, Chaves County, NM 30 September 1968

South Park Cemetery
Roswell, Chaves County, New Mexico


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