Beran, Roman B., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 748, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Thorpe Abbotts, England

Casualty Date
Feb 04, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Netherlands, Netherlands
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Wall of the Missing, Body Never Recovered

 Official Badges 

Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  2014, World War II Fallen

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Flight Engineer Badge
Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)Aerial Gunnery School100th Bombardment Group, Heavy418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 737, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, Aerial Gunnery School
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 737, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 748, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Roman B. Beran entered military service in Baltimore, Maryland on April 30, 1941. His enlistment record shows he was born in Maryland in 1908. It also states he had completed grammar school, and had worked as a policeman or detective. His parents were Fred M. and Louisa Warren Beran.

He was trained and certified as a flight engineer on a B-17 aircraft, and also received aerial gunner training. He was assigned to a replacement combat crew and deployed to England in October, 1943.

He had flown with the crew on 14 missions prior to February 1944. On February 4, 1944, the crew was scheduled to participate in a bombing raid on Frankfurt, Germany. En route to and over the target, enemy resistance was deemed moderate. On the return trip, enemy action was more pronounced as the bomber stream had to cross several areas of flak coverage.

The aircraft was struck, and damaged, by flak. Enemy aircraft appeared and launched attacks. The aircraft suffered further damage, and according to an observer, "dropped from 3rd element, smoking but under control." The pilot attempted to find cover in a cloud bank. Erich Scheyda, pilot in the Luftwaffe, followed the aircraft and succeeded in shooting it down off the coast of Holland.

All the crew were killed in the attacks or by the crash. Although four bodies were eventually recovered, the remainder of the crew were never found. The entire crew is remembered on the Wall of the Missing at The Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, Holland. There is a marker to his memory in Holy Family Cemetery in Odin, Kansas.
USAAF Accident Report
Mission lists of the 100th Bomb Group


Robert B. Beran was the flight engineer and top turret gunner on B-17G #42-37975, not named, of the 418th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 2343 applies. Mission loading lists for the Frankfurt mission lists the crew as:

1 Lt William E. Green    p
2 Lt Jack P. Jensen    c-p
2 Lt John J. Joyce    nav
2 Lt John S. Hamilton    bomb
SSgt Roman E. Beran    eng/tt gun
SSgt Robert K. Valentik     r/o
SSgt Richard K. Anderegg    btg
SSgt Sanford Tisdale     lwg
SSgt Harry J. Waskewicz   rwg
SSgt Lerot E. Leist    tail gun

Although the 100th Bomb Group records show Beran's middle initial as "E," all other sources and accounts, including the Wall of the Missing inscription state it as "B."

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