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Darrell Anthony Beschen


Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 3.5 kills. End of War (EOW).

Awards: DFC, AM (12 OLC), Bronze Star, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medal.

Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korea and Vietnam and rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 79th Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...


Event Location Date
Born Moody County, South Dakota 7 October 1921
Lived in South Dakota, USA 1941
Based Kings Cliffe 18 September 1944 – May 1945

Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion King's Cliffe, Peterborough PE8, UK 30 November 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Promotion King's Cliffe, Peterborough PE8, UK 6 April 1945

Promoted to Captain.

End of War (EOW) May 1945
Died 10 October 2012
Buried 8 July 2014


Date Contributor Update
08 November 2016 12:55:31 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:56 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / self, King's Cliffe Memorial Edition