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Alvin Beethe


Killed in Action on 26 November 1944, on a dive bombing mission over Duren, Germany, while flying P-38 lightning (serial number 42-20698). Laurence Bulmer, the flight leader saw Beethe's aircraft descend into a dive, which he did not pull out of, and watched Beethe crash. Beethe was killed in the incident.


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Born Elk Creek, NE 68348, USA 15 January 1921
Graduated from Elk Creek High School 1938
Attended University of Nebraska-Lincoln 1938 – 1941
Worked in a Boeing plant Seattle, WA, USA 1941
Worked for Martin Bomber base Offutt Air Force Base (OFF), 906 Sac Boulevard, Offutt Air Force Base, NE 68113, USA 1942 – March 1942
Enlisted March 1942
Arrived in England August 1944
Killed in Action Germany 26 November 1944
Family held a memorial service 1946
Buried 8 June 2015

His remains were recently recovered and returned to the USA


Date Contributor Update
08 January 2019 13:58:32 Emily Changes to service number and biography

MACR 10557 via fold 3.

Information provided by Dale Beethe

Date Contributor Update
01 June 2015 16:49:33 Lucy May Changes to awards and events

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Date Contributor Update
01 June 2015 16:38:05 Lucy May Created entry with surname, firstname, nickname, nationality, highest rank, role, events and unit associations

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