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Harold F Beck


Harold Beck served as a pilot with the 78th Fighter Group at Duxford, flying 76 missions.

In Harold's words:
"Fighter pilots of the 78th Fighter Group never got out of our planes on D-Day, even though we landed back at our field twice to refuel and off again. As soon as we got to our outdoor home or hanger to be refueled and guns reloaded, a Red Cross worker gave us a doughnut and a cup of coffee. Then we were off again. We ran from 5:00 am (briefing time) to landing at dusk, just barely able to see our landing mat."

GC/ Campaign Ribbon w/ silver battle star/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster


Units served with



Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Born Berwick, Pennsylvania 10 September 1917

Son of Raymond and Edna [Hutton] Beck.

Enlisted Philadelphia, PA, USA 28 May 1941
Based Duxford 12 April 1944 – 14 July 1944

Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promoted Duxford, Cambridge CB22, UK 4 July 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Transferred Duxford 14 July 1944 – 19 September 1944

Transferred to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Orangeville, PA 17859, USA 29 May 2011
Buried Lime Ridge, PA, USA June 2011

Elan Memorial Cemetery
Lime Ridge
Columbia County
Pennsylvania, USA


Date Contributor Update
15 May 2019 15:13:55 general ira snapsorter Changes to mission associations

Peter Randall at

Date Contributor Update
16 October 2016 16:20:49 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2015 10:37:02 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, awards and events

Combined two entries for Harold Beck. This entry now includes information from the following sources:
Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:03 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self/brother