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John D Beach


Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Zweieichen in B-17 #4338324


Units served with

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 851st Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38324

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/7/44; Kearney 30/7/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 851BS/490BG Eye 12/8/44; Missing in Action Mannheim 9/9/44 with John Beach, Co-pilot: John Terlecky,Tail gunner: Jim Vogtchute failed (3 Killed in Action); Navigator: Stewart Biegler...

Associated Place

  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...


Event Location Date
Born Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 9 September 1944
Died 9 September 1944


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:49 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8929 / MACR 8929, 490th BG Personnel Roster / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database