Beall, Jack D., SSgt

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 352nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
352nd Bomb Squadron
Oudna, Tunisia

Casualty Date
Oct 01, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Italy
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Florence, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot H, Row 5, Grave 35

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen


 Ribbon Bar


Aerial Gunner Badge


 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  352nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 352nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Tunisia Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Jack D. Beall was born in Indiana on March 3, 1916. He was the son of Roy C. and Mayme Beall. The US Census 1940 shows the family living in Center Township, Indiana.

Although no enlistment papers have been located, Beall's Army Service Number tells us he was in the military before Pearl Harbor. He was trained as an aerial gunner, and assigned to the combat crew of Captain Adolph Zimmer. He flew at least 20 credited combat missions.

On October 1, 1943, a formation of bombers left Oudna Base #2 on a mission to bomb the Messerchimdt factory at Augsburg. During the flight to the target, the aircraft disappeared into a cloud bank, and was never seen again.

The Army Air Forces listed it as lost to flak, but enemy aircraft actually shot it down north of Pisa, Italy. Most of the crew were captured, except Captain Zimmer who evaded for 5 months before being taken prisoner. Three of the crew were killed.

Evidently recovered and buried locally, Beall's body was retrieved and moved to the American Cemetery and Memorial at Florence, Italy, where he lies today in Plot H, Row 5, Grave 35. There is also a stone in his memory that stands in the Salem Cemetery in Salem Heights, Indiana.


www.findagrave.com
www.ancestry.com
www.abmc.gov
www.301stbg.com/Missions_Macrs.cfm
US Census 1940
Headstone Inscription and Interment Control Record
Star (Howe, Ind) newspaper, Nov 6, 1943, pg 17
 

  

Comments/Citation
SSgt Jack D. Beall was acting as the ball turret gunner on B-17F # 42-30053, named "No Sack Time," assigned to the 352nd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 760 was issued for this loss. Mission loading lists state the crew was:

Cpt Adolph E. Zimmer  p
2 Lt Elmer E. Crams  c-p
1 Lt Kenneth K. Kline  nav
1 Lt Roy C. Mitchell  bomb
SSgt Warren J. Landry  eng/tt gun
TSgt Keith W. Henrie  r/o
SSgt Jack D. Beall  btg
Sgt  Eugene W. Reineck  wg
Sgt  John B. Sulver  tail gun


Ranks and grades as of mission date. 352nd Bomb Squadron records list both Kline and Mitchell as Captain.

Beall, Reineck, and Sulver were all killed. The other crew members were captured and remained POWs until liberated by the Russians.

   
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