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Chester J Beasley

Military

Tail gunner, Simpson crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30245 'Lucky Lady'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 381. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft VIIA and XVIIB. S/Sgt Beasley was a prisoner with S/Sgt Gregory (RWG), S/Sgt Beech (BTG) and S/Sgt Edwards (RO). They were evacuated from Stalag Luft XVIIB in April 1945 and marched West for 16 days until they were liberated by Patton's forces near Braunau.
Credited with one German fighter probable on the 30 July 1943 mission.

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People

  • Elden Agler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Simpson crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30245 'Lucky Lady'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 381. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag VIIA. ...

  • Robin Bassinger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Simpson crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30245 'Lucky Lady'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 381. S/Sgt Bassinger was taken to a field hospital in Brussels,...

  • Frank Beech

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    June - August 1943. BTG, Simpson crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30245 'Lucky Lady'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 381. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft VIIA and XVIIB....

  • Robert Edwards

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Simpson crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30245 'Lucky Lady'. Mission #2 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 381. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft VIIA and XVIIB. S/Sgt...

  • Paul Gregory

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Simpson crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30245 'Lucky Lady'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 381. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft VIIA and XVIIB. S/Sgt Gregory was a...

  • William Mee

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Simpson crew. 381st BG, 534th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30245 'Lucky Lady'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 381. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft III and Stalag XIIID. ...

  • Douglas Roraback

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Simpson crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30245 'Lucky Lady'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 381. Evaded EE report 1894. ...

  • Weldon Simpson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Simpson crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30245 'Lucky Lady'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 381. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Russell Warwick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Simpson crew. 381st BG, 534th BS. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30245 'Lucky Lady'. Mission #20 "Black Tuesday" to the ball bearing works at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 381. S/Sgt Warwick was placed in a field hospital in Brussels, Belgium...

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Units served with

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30245 Lady Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/43; Smoky Hill 17/5/43; Dow Fd 21/5/43; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-L] Ridgewell 15/6/43; Missing in Action 5m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Weldon Simpson (Killed in Action), Bombardier: Doug Roraback (evaded capture), Co-pilot: Elden...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 80

    30 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Kassel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is flown by two elements of B-17s which attack 15 minutes apart. The firts element is a combined force of 119 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 303BG (23); 351BG (21);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

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Events

Event Location Date
Born 22 March 1919
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 17 August 1943

Stalag Luft VIIA
Stalag Luft XVIIB

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2017 03:03:32 ARowe95 Changes to biography and mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 November 2017 05:29:48 ARowe95 Changes to biography
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Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 381 / MACR 381, www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx">www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx> / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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