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Frank G Beatty


Assigned to 859BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF 5 x missions plus an abort. Transferred to 788BS, 467BG, 8AF USAAF 35 combat missions plus a couple of fuel hauls for Patton. Transferred to 436FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Jerome Schorr

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 467th Bomb Group
    Jerome Schorr served his country in the USAA from 1943 - 1945, initially with the 492nd Bomb Group, and then with the 467th Bomb Group. He proudly flew with Lt. Frank G. Beatty, and they remained friends into their 90's.

Units served with

  • 467th Bomb Group

    467th Bomb Group

    The 467th Bomb Group, or the "Rackheath Aggies" as they came to be known, flew B-24 Liberators on missions from April 1944. Its air crews became known for their accuracy and the Group had the best overall standing for accuracy within the Eighth Air...

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 436th Fighter Squadron
  • 788th Bomb Squadron

    788th Bomb Squadron

    During early May 1944, General Peck, Commanding general of the 96th CBW, invited Colonel Shower, CO of the 467th BG, Colonel Isbell, CO of the 458th BG, and Colonel Pierce, CO of the 466th BG, to wing HQ at Horsham St. Faith. They were told that one of...

  • 859th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-50279

    B-24 Liberator
    Shot down and crashed near Mainz, Ger, 13 September 1944. MACR 8848

  • 42-50439 Broad+High

    B-24 Liberator
    On 18 Aug 44, damaged and low on fuel, it crashlanded in a field at Kirby Bedon, England. Flown by the Leister Crew, 4 KIA, 1 WIA, 4 RTD.

  • 44-40155 Feudin' Wagon

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-50456 'Dorothy Kay Special'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 856BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF 12 x missions. Transferred to 458th BG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Cheddington

    Military site : airfield
    The main runway at Cheddington fell short of the required 2,000 yards for a class A airfield and it was originally used as a satellite for groups at Bovingdon nearby. Between October 1942 and the end of war in Europe it was used as a Combat Crew...

  • North Pickenham

    Military site : airfield
    Built comparatively late during 1943-44 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, North Pickenham was rather cramped as an airfield site so the main runway was shorter than typical. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

  • Wattisham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...


Event Location Date
Born Franklin County, OH, USA 1922
Lived in Ohio, USA 1941
Enlisted Columbus, OH, USA 14 August 1942
Promotion North Pickenham, Swaffham PE37, UK 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Based North Pickenham 18 July 1944 – 10 August 1944

Assigned to 859BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Cheddington, UK 10 August 1944 – 1 March 1945

Transferred to 788BS, 467BG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Wattisham, Ipswich IP7, UK 1 March 1945 – July 1945

Transferred to 436FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK July 1945

Completed Tour of Duty (ETD).


Date Contributor Update
13 October 2016 10:23:32 Al_Skiff Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2016 10:21:41 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:01 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster supplied by Dave Arnett / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list