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Beverly Connell Curtis


Beverly Connell Curtis was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and moved to Tampa, Florida as a child. He worked as a swimming teacher before enlisting in the US Army Air Forces in July 1942. Curtis was assigned to the 53rd Fighter Squadron, 36th Fighter Group, flying P-47 Thunderbolts, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on 16 June 1945. Following the Second World War he worked at Maas Brothers department store and served with the US Air Force in Korea, rising to the rank of Captain before his discharge on 28 February 1953. Curtis later opened a furniture store in Tampa.


Units served with

  • 36th Fighter Group

    36th Fighter Group

    The Group, as the 36th Pursuit Group, were part of the defence force for the Caribbean area and the Panama Canal in 1941, flying P-39s and P-40s out of Puerto Rico. By May 1944 the 36th Fighter Group were flying their first missions out of England...

  • 53rd Fighter Squadron


Event Location Date
Born Raleigh, North Carolina 11 August 1919
Enlisted June 1942
Died Tampa, Florida 13 January 1997
Buried Florida National Cemetery


Date Contributor Update
26 November 2021 12:49:34 Emily Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events and unit associations

A-2 flying jacket worn by Beverly Curtis IWM UNI 13856, Find a Grave, Distinguished Flying Cross Award Card at the National Archives, Obituary published in The Tampa Tribune, 3 February 1997