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Charles E Beck Jr


Assigned to 361FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 360th Fighter Squadron


  • 44-15343 'Patricia'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 361FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Charles E Beck.

  • 43-6870

    P-51 Mustang
    This particular P-51 gave good service, having been delivered on 2-Feb-44 and serving with the 354FS, 355th FG, 8AF before going to the 496th FTG and serving with both the squadrons [554/555FTS] in that unit. Later as a war weary hack for the 361FS,...

Associated Place

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...


Event Location Date
Lived in Los Angeles, CA, USA 1941
Crashed Paradise Valley Village, Phoenix, AZ, USA 23 November 1943

Landing Accident Paradise Valley, Phoenix, AZ Cat 3 damage 2Lt Charles E Fulbeck, 23-Nov-43.

PT-17 41-25396 - 12AAFFTD

Based Martlesham Heath 21 August 1944 – 21 July 1945

Assigned to 361FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 10 November 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Promotion Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 3 May 1945

Promoted to 1st Captain.

Crashed Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 28 May 1945

Take Off Accident Martlesham Heath/Sta369 Cat 4 damage 1Lt Charles E Beck, 28-May-45.

P-51B7 43-6870W - 361FS 356FG 8AF

Crashed Corning, KS 66417, USA 3 September 1949

Forced Landing out of Fuel 3 miles Nth Corning, KS Cat 2 damage Capt Charles E Beck, 3-Sep-49.

T-6D 41-34488 - 185FS 137FG


Date Contributor Update
16 October 2016 13:04:50 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:33 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit Histories