Beirne, Milton Ruppert, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Primary Unit
1943-1944, M 1035, 506th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Richmond, Virginia
Last Address
RAF Shipdham (USAAF 115), Norfolk, England

Casualty Date
Jul 29, 1944
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
North Atlantic Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Cambridge, United Kingdom
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  1943-1944, M 1035, 44th Bombardment Group, Heavy

Second Lieutenant
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Unit
44th Bombardment Group, Heavy Unit Page
Rank
Second Lieutenant
MOS
M 1035-Bombardier
Location
RAF Shipdham (USAAF 115), Norfolk, England
Country/State
United Kingdom
   
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 44th Bombardment Group, Heavy Details

44th Bombardment Group, Heavy






Constituted as 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 20 Nov 1940. Activated on 15 Jan 1941. Trained with B-24's. Became an operational training unit in Feb 1942. Also served on antisubmarine duty. In Jul 1942 began intensive preparations for combat. Moved to England, Aug-Oct 1942, for service with Eighth AF. Operations consisted primarily of assaults against strategic targets in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy Rumania, Austria, Poland, and Sicily. Pounded submarine installations, industrial establishments, airfields, harbors, shipyards, and other objectives in France and Germany, Nov 1942-Jun 1943. Received a DUC for an extremely hazardous mission against naval installations at Kiel on 14 May 1943: with its B-24's carrying incendiaries to be dropped after three B-17 groups had released high explosive bombs, the 44th flew in the wake of the main formation; thus the B-24's were particularly vulnerable because they had no protection from fire power of the main force, and this vulnerability increased when the group had to open its own formation for the attack; but the 44th blanketed the target with incendiaries in spite of the concentrated flak and continuous interceptor attacks it encountered. Late in Jun 1943 a large detachment moved to North Africa to help facilitate the invasion of Sicily by bombing airfields and marshalling yards in Italy. The detachment also participated in the famous low-level raid on the Ploesti oil fields on 1 Aug 1943. 

Campaigns:

Antisubmarine, American Theater; Air Combat, EAME Theater; Air Offensive, Europe; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe.

Decorations:

Distinguished Unit Citations: Kiel, Germany, 14 May 1943; Ploesti, Rumania, 1 Aug 1943.


Type
Combat - Bomber Units
Existing/Disbanded
Existing
Parent Unit
Bombardment Units
Strength
Group
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Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Dec 29, 2013
   
   
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13 Members Also There at Same Time
44th Bombardment Group, Heavy

Mazure, Louis Alexander, Capt, (1941-1944) M10 M 1092 Captain
Jewell, Kenneth Grant, Maj M10 M 1024 First Lieutenant
Winger, George W., 1st Lt, (1942-1943) M10 M 1092 First Lieutenant
Buechsenstein, John Louis, 2nd Lt, (1942-1944) M10 M 1034 Second Lieutenant
Johnson, Leon William, Gen, (1926-1965) M77 M 0770 Colonel
Lawrence, Walter, TSgt, (1941-1945) M74 M 0748 Technical Sergeant
Davis, Harold, SSgt, (1942-1945) M61 M 0611 Staff Sergeant
Stubbs, Erskine Horace, MSgt, (1942-1963) M61 M 0611 Staff Sergeant
Gotts, Howard Frederick, Sgt, (1941-1943) M76 M 0760 Sergeant
McCoy, Richard J., SSgt, (1942-1944) M73 M 0737 Sergeant
Gempel, Charles L., 1st Lt, (1942-1944) M10 First Lieutenant
McKee, Herschel Jessup, Lt Col, (1917-1958) 01 Captain
Stanton, Arthur, 1st Lt, (1942-1946) 01 First Lieutenant
Stanton, Arthur, 1st Lt, (1942-1946) 01 First Lieutenant

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