Beaver, Wilfred, Col

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1946-1957, Air Force Reserve Command
Service Years
1942 - 1957
Officer Collar Insignia

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Home Country
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Bristol, England
Last Address
West Point, Mississippi

Date of Passing
Aug 19, 1986
Location of Interment
Memorial Gardens Cemetery - Columbus, Mississippi
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Commander WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Air Ace

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
American Fighter Aces AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  1961, American Fighter Aces Association
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He enlisted in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force Aug 7, 1914, and served with the Canadian Field Artillery in France before joining the British Royal Flying Corps Feb 28, 1917. After flight training, he was a Bristol F.2b pilot with Number 20 Squadron where he was credited with destroying 19 enemy aircraft in aerial combat between Nov 1917 and Jun 1918, making him the 3rd highest scoring American ace of World War I. He emigrated to the US in 1919 and became a US citizen Sep 21, 1926. He served in the USAAF in WWII. 

His British Military Cross citation:
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the last five months he has destroyed five hostile machines, and has brought down completely out of control six others. During the recent operations he has performed exceptionally good work in bombing and firing upon hostile troops from very low altitudes. He has displayed marked gallantry and resource, and has proved himself a patrol leader of great dash and ability.
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Aviator (Command)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Royal Air Force (RAF)447th Bombardment Group, HeavyAir Force Bases/ InstallationsAir Force Reserve Command
  1917-1919, Royal Air Force (RAF)
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 1091, 447th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1945-1946, Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1946-1957, Air Force Reserve Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1942-1945 World War II
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1946, B-17 Flying Fortress
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