Beyer, William Rockafeller, Capt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 361st Fighter Group
Service Years
1942 - 1945
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Captain

 Last Photo   Personal Details 

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Danville, Pennsylvania
Last Address
Danville, Pennsylvania

Date of Passing
Aug 15, 2016
 
Location of Interment
Odd Fellows Cemetery - Danville, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal


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


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He destroyed 9 enemy aircraft in aerial combat from Sep-Nov 1944, the first was that of German 75-victory ace Maj Klaus Mietusch on Sep 17, 1944.

Synopsis of his Silver Star citation:

Awarded for actions during World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain William R. Beyer, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with the EIGHTH Air Force in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.

General Orders: Headquarters, 8th Air Force, General Orders No. 538 (1944)

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 376th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 361st Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

   
Other Comments:
Sources:
https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&tf=F&q=William+R+Beyer&bc=sl&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=705044
http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=639
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=45732
http://www.361fg.com/Hist.htm
http://www.361fg.com/Main/Enlarge/376fs/beyerbo.htm
https://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/235058
http://www.cieldegloire.com/fg_361.php
http://home.ancestry.com
   
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 Ribbon Bar


Pilot Badge


 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USAAF Training CommandAviation Cadet Flight School376th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine361st Fighter Group
  1942-1943, USAAF Training Command
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 376th Fighter Squadron, Single Engine
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 361st Fighter Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II/American Theater
  1944-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  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)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  1946-1950, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
 My Aircraft/Missiles
AT-6 Texan  PT-17 Kaydet  P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1943-1943, AT-6 Texan
  1943-1943, PT-17 Kaydet
  1943-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang
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