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Peter Beasley


Beasley was one of 6 staff officers to accompany General Eaker to England in February 1942. He was commissioned into the military after working as an executive of Lockheed Aircraft Company.

Beasley initially worked as a plans and liaison specialist but later became chief of A-4 (Supply), VIII Bomber Command and later accompanied Eaker to Eight Air Force headquarters.



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Units served with

  • VIII Bomber Command

    VIII Bomber Command

    VIII Bomber Command was constituted and activated in 1942. It oversaw heavy bombardment operations until February 1944, when it was redesginated as the 8th Air Force.

  • Headquarters (Eighth Air Force)

    Headquarters (Eighth Air Force)

    8th Air Force Headquarters opened in London under the command of General Carl A Spaatz on 19 June 1942. It oversaw all Commands, Wings and Groups engaged in the Strategic Bombing Campaign until February 1944, when it became US Strategic Air Forces in...

Associated Place

  • Camp Griffiss

    Military site : non-airfield
    Named Camp Griffiss after Colonel Townsend Griffiss, the first US casualty of the war, killed when his aircraft was downed by friendly fire. ...

  • Hendon

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF station which in 1944 was home to Douglas C-47 Skytrain lodgers.


Event Location Date
Born 10 November 1884
Arrived in UK Hendon 20 February 1942

Arrived in the UK with General Eaker

Died 9 August 1957


Date Contributor Update
02 December 2019 10:24:25 Emily Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

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