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William Henry Beeson


William was an architect when he joined the AF a few months before Pearl Harbor. He was an accomplished musician. He had finished his tour of 25 missions, but remained and was KIA on his 31st mission over Merseburg, Germany. (there is an AF photo of his plane - B-17 #43-37883 Blue Streak- exploding at or just before bomb release).



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Units served with

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 834th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-37883 Blue Streak

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/6/44; Hunter 10/6/44; Dow Fd 28/6/44; Assigned 833BS/486BG [4N-C] Sudbury 2/7/44; transferred 834BS [2S-T]; 27m Missing in Action Merseburg 2/11/44 with Dave Paris, Co-pilot: Gene Schmidt, Navigator: Bill Beeson, Bombardier: Walt...

Associated Place

  • Sudbury

    Military site : airfield
    Situated between the villages of Great Waldingfield and Acton, the airfield was used by the 486th Bomb Group from March 1944 to August 1945. Facilities for administrative offices for the Combat Wing were also made available here and along with barrack...


Event Location Date
Born Shepherd, Texas, USA 20 August 1917
Killed in Action (KIA) Merseburg, Germany 2 November 1944

Plot I Row 8 Grave 21


Date Contributor Update
22 January 2020 18:31:40 jmoore43 Changes to events

Added birth info to the Born event and cemetery info to the Buried evwnt per Find-a-grave Memorial ID 56296661.

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2020 18:22:43 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity. Changed Died event label to "KIA".

Date Contributor Update
30 June 2017 09:03:22 Lucy May Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, events and place associations

Brought in information from duplicate record. Sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 10168 /

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2017 20:57:49 John Beeson Changes to nickname

John Beeson Nephew

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2017 20:50:49 John Beeson Changes to biography

John D. Beeson - nephew & 8th AF records

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2017 20:43:22 John Beeson Changes to middlename and awards

John D. Beeson - nephew - I have the medals awarded to William.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:06 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 10168 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database