Beck, Clarence A., TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, AAF MOS 748, 419th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
419th Bomb Squadron
Oudna, unisia

Casualty Date
Nov 16, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Mediterranean Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Rhone, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

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

 Ribbon Bar

Flight Engineer Badge
Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  419th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 748, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 748, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 748, 419th 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 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
Clarence A. Beck was born in North Carolina in 1919. His parents were David E. and Sallie C. Beck. Both the US Censuses 1920 and 1930 show the family residing in Vienna, North Carolina.

Beck was drafted and inducted into the military on April 2, 1942 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He had completed 4 years of high school, and was a sales clerk.

Assigned to the US Army Air Forces, he was selected for flight duty and received training as both a flight engineer and as an aerial gunner. After completing these courses of instruction, he was assigned to a B-17 combat crew in North Africa in July, 1943. According to the awarding of Air Medals at that time, he flew at least 42 credited missions.

On November 16, 1943, the crew was part of a bombing raid on the airbase at Istres Le Tube, France. As the formation neared the target area, it was attacked by enemy aircraft. Raking the formation with cannon shells and machine gun fire, they managed to shoot down the B-17 carrying Beck. The aircraft crashed into the sea. There was no recovery of any remains.

TSgt Clarence A. Beck is remembered on the Walls of the Missing in the Rhone American Cemetery located in Draguignan, France.
US Census 1920
US Census 1930
NARA Enlistment Records



TSgt Clarence A. Beck was the assigned flight engineer and top turret gunner on B-17F # 42-30115, not named, assigned to the 419th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 1128 was issued for this loss, and contains aircraft and crew identification, but no details of the shoot-down. Mission loading lists show the crew as:

1 Lt Jerry E. Dodge  p
2 Lt Harold Soloman  c-p
2 Lt Philo S. Maniatty  nav
2 Lt Fred F. MacDonald  bomb
TSgt Clarence A. Beck  eng/tt bun
Tsgt Henry S. Brenzo  r/o
Sgt  Edward Q. Rivoz  btg
SSgt Richard D. Drager  wg
SSgt Vincent S. Jakubczak  tail gunner
Sgt  Joseph P. Coleman  photo

Ranks and grades as of mission date. Dodge was promoted to Captain on November 30, 1943, just days after he was declared MIA.

All sources except 301st Bomb Group records have Soloman's name spelled as "Solomon."

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