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Glenn Daniel Beeler

Military

Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x kill [secured with a bold claim in the combat report, as the pilot of the already damaged Fw190 baled out, with Beeler's P-51D firmly attached to his tail, without a shot having been fired]. Transferred to 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Remained in USAF, rising to the rank of Major.

Service

Units served with

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

  • 354th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-14563 'Sparky' 'Cherraine'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Charles H Spencer. Re-assigned to Lt Glenn D Beeler.

  • 44-72253 'Jane VI' 'Big Gas Bird'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major Bert Marshall Jr. Re-assigned to Lt Glenn D Beeler. A/C abandoned after Mid Air Collision with P-51D 44-14346 3 miles E Sudbury/Sta 174 pilot 1Lt Glenn D Beeler baled out Returned to Duty ...

Associated Place

  • Little Walden

    Military site : airfield
    Little Walden was built as a Class A airfield suitable for American heavy bombers. The 409th Bomb Group, as part of the Ninth Air Force, was stationed at the base between March and September 1944, flying A-20 Havocs. ...

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Kentucky, USA 17 March 1919
Lived in Knoxville, TN, USA 1942
Enlisted Forest Camp Rd, Spring City, TN 37381, USA 19 August 1942

Camp Forrest
Tennessee
USA

Based Steeple Morden 31 October 1944 – 3 July 1945

Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 28 January 1945

Landing Accident Steeple Morden/Sta 122 Cat M damage 1Lt Glenn D Beeler, 28-Jan-45.

P-51D-10NA 44-14563 - 354FS 355FG 8AF

E/A Destroyed Magdeburg, Germany 7 April 1945

Fw190 destroyed Madgeburg, Germany. 7-Apr-44.

Promotion Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 15 April 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Crashed Sudbury CO10, UK 2 June 1945

Baled Out Mid Air Collision 3 miles E Sudbury/Sta 174 Cat 4 damage 1Lt Glenn D Beeler, 2-Jun-45.

P-51D20 44-72253 - 354FS 355FG 8AF

Transferred Little Walden, Saffron Walden CB10, UK 3 July 1945

Transferred to 361st Fighter Group.

Died Sarasota County, FL, USA 5 March 1970
Buried Sarasota, FL, USA 9 March 1970

Sarasota Memorial Park
Sarasota
Sarasota County
Florida
USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2016 10:33:47 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/84049298_glenn_d%20beeler/details/
http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Beeler
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Beeler%2C+Glenn
Last Flight of the Luftwaffe by Adrian Wier.
http://www.cieldegloire.com/fg_355.php
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Beeler&GSfn=Glenn&...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:31 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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