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Delmar James Beesley


Killed in Action (KIA) near Duisburg in B-17 'Heavenly Body' 43-39053 on 23 March 1945.



  • Stanley Burek

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 384th Bomb Group

  • Willard Ehr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | SJ, Spot Jammer, Waist Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 546BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Walt Ramsey crew. 19 x combat missions. Killed in Action (KIA) near Duisburg in B-17 'Heavenly Body' 43-39053 Left formation at target on fire after aircraft received direct flak burst, setting #4 on fire and #2...

  • Joseph Hartness

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co Pilot - Pilot | 384th Bomb Group

  • Clarence Hightshoe

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    See "Iowans of the Mighty Eighth", Chapter 22 "Biographies", by Charles D Taylor, for a detailed biography. ...

  • Frank Rock

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flexible Gunner | 384th Bomb Group

  • Herbert Schaaf

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    29 missions Plane was 'Buckeye Belle' B-17 Air Medal w 5/Oak Leaf Clusterl, EAMEribbon , DFC, purple heart

  • Maurice Simons

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 384th Bomb Group

  • Lester Walcott

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret | 384th Bomb Group

  • Raymond Wisdahl

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 546th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102601 Bolo Babe

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/3/44; Hunter 18/4/44; Grenier 5/5/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-K] Grafton Underwood 24/5/44; sustained battle damaged Mannheim 9/9/44 with Joseph G. Hartness, Co-pilot: Herbert H. Schaaf, Navigator: Clarence C. Hightshoe,...

  • 43-39053 Heavenly Body

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 19/7/44; Dow Fd 29/11/44; Assigned 546BS/384BG [BK-D] Grafton Underwood 7/1/45; Missing in Action Coesfeld 23/3/45 with John Conner, Mack Robinette, Paul Bellavance, Claude Hollenbeck, Willard Earl, Hal Burke (6 Prisoner of War); Max...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born Harrison, Ohio, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Germany 23 March 1945


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28 June 2017 10:25:36 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography and events

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;

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25 January 2015 11:18:45 bombercommand Changes to biography

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25 January 2015 11:15:51 bombercommand Changes to person associations and aircraft associations

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27 September 2014 18:07:14 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13611 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database