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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.
US Census 1940
Headstone Inscription and Interment Control Record
Star (Howe, Ind) newspaper, Nov 6, 1943, pg 17
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.