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Earl Richard Beaty


Battle damage on 16 September 1943 in B-17 #42-29699 'Old Battle Axe.' Plane ditched in North Sea. The crew was rescued and returned to base.
On return from Schweinfurt, 14 October 1943, the crew bailed out of battle damaged B-17, 42-3037 near Deenethorpe; the aircraft crash-landed near Corby, UK.


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...

  • 547th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29699 Fifi, Old Battle Axe

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/43; 94th Bomb Group Pueblo 18/2/43; Salina 27/2/43; Brookley 19/3/43; Smoky Hill 23/3/43; Presque Is 9/4/43; Assigned 332nd Bomb Squadron/94th Bomb Group [XM-F] Earls Colne 12/5/43 named 'FIFI'; Rougham 13/6/43; transferred to...

  • 42-3037 Windy City Avenger*

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/1/43 ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

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 1921
Enlisted Tennessee, USA 28 August 1942

Residence: Roane county, Tennessee
Private, Air Corps

Assigned Grafton Underwood, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14, UK 15 August 1943

Assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group, 547th Bombardment Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #71 dated 15 August 1943, William Merriman Price III Crew. 25 combat missions.

Promoted 25 September 1943

Promoted to Technical Sergeant on AAF Station 106 Special Order #104 dated 25 September 1943.


Date Contributor Update
05 April 2016 03:50:06 bombercommand Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
05 April 2016 03:49:09 bombercommand Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, place associations, mission associations and media associations

2016-04-04, Consolidated with information from AAM duplicate file

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:59 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 285 ,