Beck, Richard A., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1091-Pilot, B-17
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 1091, 350th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
350th Bomb Squadron
Thorpe-Abbots, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Feb 03, 1945
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot B, Row 8, Grave 37

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy350th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)
  1942-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1091, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1091, 350th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 Colleges Attended 
San Bernardino Valley College
  1939-1942, San Bernardino Valley College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
A son of Walter G. and Amelia H. Beck, Richard A. Beck was born on July 18, 1922 in Arizona. The US Census 1930 lists the family as residing in Tucson. Beck graduated from Tusser High School, and was attending San Bernardino Junior College when he joined the service.

Beck enlisted on September 10, 1942 as a private in the Army Air Forces in Los Angeles, California. He was selected for flight duty, and trained as a pilot. He was then moved to transitional flying with multi-engine aircraft. He was commissioned, awarded wings, and given a crew for training purposes. This crew later deployed to England, arriving at Thorpe-Abbots  on December 24, 1944. The crew was dispatched on 5 missions.

On February 3, 1945, the crew was scheduled to bomb the Tempelhof marshalling yards outside of Berlin, Germany. The aircraft was hit by flak in the target area, and both starboard engines caught fire. Beck attempted to extinguish the fire by a steep dive, but to no avail. The aircraft then pulled up, did a half roll, a split S, and fell, totally enveloped in flames. Witnesses saw two chutes deploy.

Seven bodies were recovered from the crash site, while the two parachutists were captured. The dead were buried in a POW cemetery at Dallgon-Dobertiz, and retrieved after the war. They were sent to other cemeteries. Lt. Beck now lies in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium in Plot B, Row 8, Grave 37 after temporary burial as an "unknown" in 1946. In 1947, he was identified and moved to his present location.
US Census 1930
NARA Enlistment Records


Lt Richard A. Beck was performing the duty as First Pilot on B-17G # 42-102958, unnamed, assigned to the 350th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 12047 covers this incident. Crew rosters show that the crew consisted of:

2 Lt Richard A. Beck  p
2 Lt Walter A. Rosenberger, Jr.  c-p
F/O Dale N. Snow  nav
2 Lt Robert D. Carpenter  bomb
Cpl Pedro A. Martinez  eng/tt gun
Cpl Lavelle E. Giles  btg
Cpl  Dudley S. Ingraham, Jr.  wg
Cpl  Herald R. Boyd  tog/ng
SSgt Danial E. McTaggert  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Lt Carpenter and F/O Snow were the only survivors.

McTaggert's name appears in records as "Daniel," but family insists (as does gravestone) that "Danial" is correct.

In the crew photo, Beck is standing, at right.

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