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Levitt Clinton Beck Jr


Levitt Beck was born in Houston, Texas, he attended Huntington Park High School in California, graduating in 1938, and worked as an architect.

After his enlistment on 23 March 1942 and training as a Pilot in the Air Corps, Beckwas sent overseas.
Assigned as a pilot to the 9th AF / 406th FG / 514th FS - (RAF Ashford).
He was shot down in France on 29 June 1944 in P-47D-5-RE 42-8473 on an Armed Reconnaissance mission to the Mantes-la-Jolie / Gassicourt area.

Beck initially evaded capture, he was made a prisoner and interned at the Buchenwald concentration camp. He became ill from maltreatment and undernourishment and died in the camp on 29 November 1944. His remains were never found and fellow camp inmates who were later transferred to Stalag Luft 3 think he was incinerated in Buchenwald the day following his death.


Units served with


Associated Place

  • Ashford

    Military site : airfield
    Built as an Advanced Landing Ground for the RAF in 1942-1943, Ashford was improved and made ready for the Ninth Air Force in 1944. The 406th Fighter Group operated from the airfield in 1944, before the airfield was returned to RAF use and returned to...

  • Buchenwald

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born California, United States. 2 January 1920

Born Levitt Clinton Beck Jr, the son of Levitt Clinton Beck and Verne E. Beck.

Lived in Walnut Park, San Antonio, Texas, United States 1940
Enlisted Riverside, California, United States 23 March 1942

Enlisted as a Private in the Air Corps

Shot down near Havelu, Eure-et-Loir, France 29 June 1944

Shot down in P-47D 42-8473.

Evaded capture Paris 29 June 1944 – 18 August 1944

Levitt Beck managed at first to evade capture but was taken prisoner and together with 167 other Allied airmen, he was on a convoy that left Paris for Buchenwald on 18 August 1944.

Prisoner of War Buchenwald 20 August 1944 – 29 November 1944

His prisoner number was 78286

Died Buchenwald, near Weimar, Germany 29 November 1944

Levitt Beck died from pneumonia in the hospital of the Buchenwald Concentration camp.

Buried Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial

Beck is commemorated on the Wall of the Missing at the Luxembourg American Cemetery.

His remains were allegedly cremated at Buchenwald and he is therefore listed as MIA (Missing in Action.)


Date Contributor Update
17 December 2019 16:42:18 terveurn Changes to biography

spelling and aircraft information

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2019 15:36:35 Emily Changes to nickname, biography, awards and events

Corrected a number of historical inaccuracies relating to Beck's life and imprisonment at Buchenwald, including dates of imprisonment and wrongly listed birth and death date.

Information from:
Allied Airmen at Buchenwald
Find a grave
Honor States

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2015 09:39:29 ED-BB Changes to biography and events

MACR 6224

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2015 16:11:12 ED-BB Changes to middlename, biography, events and place associations

Added middle name and his Buchenwald POW card

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2014 15:39:39 ED-BB Changes to events

NARA WWII Enlistment records
Official German POW records
ABMC - American Battle Monuments Commission website
Joe MOSER's memories at
Data at
Dave Dorsey's website :

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2014 15:57:08 ED-BB Changes to aircraft associations

NARA WWII Enlistment records
ABMC - American Battle Monuments Commison website
Data at
Official German POW files.

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2014 15:35:45 ED-BB Changes to service number, highest rank, role, awards and unit associations

NARA WWII Enlistment records.
ABMC - American Battle Monuments Commission website.

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2014 15:26:27 ED-BB Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname and nationality

NARA WW II Enlistment records.
ABMC - American Battle Monuments Commission website.