Beebe, Don M., Sgt

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1945-1945, AAF MOS 611, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1945
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Sergeant

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kilgore
Last Address
427th Bomb Squadron
Molesworth, England

Casualty Date
Apr 06, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Germany
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Kilgore City Cemetery - Kilgore, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1945, World War II Fallen


 Ribbon Bar


Aerial Gunner Badge


 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1945, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 611, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 611, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1945-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Don M. Beebe was born to Frederick Martin and Edith Naomi Agar Beebe on February 8, 1924 in Oklahoma. The US Census 1930 shows the family living in Wilbarger County, Texas, and the US Census 1940 lists them in Kilgore, Texas. (This census lists the family as "Beebee.")

Beebe was inducted into the military on June 10, 1942. His enlistment papers state he was single at the time, and was enlisted as a private in the US Army. He was trained as an aerial gunner. His first official assignment noted in military records is as a member of the Lt Ley bomber crew in March, 1945.

The crew was on its first mission, utilizing an experienced pilot, with the crew leader flying as co-pilot. The target was the railroad marshalling yards at Leipzig, Germany. As the aircraft left the IP for the bomb run, it struck another B-17, fell out of formation, and exploded. No parachutes were observed.

German troops recovered eight bodies from the wreckage, and buried them in local cemeteries. After the war, Beebe was returned home and is now buried in the Kilgore City Cemetery in Kilgore, Texas.


www.findagrave.com
www.ancestry.com
www.303rdbg.com/missionreport/353.pdf
www.303rdbg.com/combat crews
US Census 1930
US Census 1940
Application for Headstone or Marker, completed by father

 

  

Comments/Citation
Sgt Don M. Beebe was the assigned ball turret gunner on B-17G # 43-38958, nicknamed "Green Hill Belle," assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 13719 was issued to cover this loss. Mission loading lists show the crew as:

2 Lt Melvin Alderman  p
2 Lt Roman M. Ley  c-p
F/O George S. Thomas  nav
2 Lt Howard G. Weinberg  bomb
Cpl Raoul R. Prieto  eng/tt gun
Cpl William M. Toler  r/o
Sgt Don M. Beebe  btg
Cpl Jesse M.Moore  tail gun

No waist gunner assigned.

Ranks and grades as of mission date.


 

   
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